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Voice User Interface Projects

By : Henry Lee
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Voice User Interface Projects

By: Henry Lee

Overview of this book

From touchscreen and mouse-click, we are moving to voice- and conversation-based user interfaces. By adopting Voice User Interfaces (VUIs), you can create a more compelling and engaging experience for your users. Voice User Interface Projects teaches you how to develop voice-enabled applications for desktop, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This book explains in detail VUI and its importance, basic design principles of VUI, fundamentals of conversation, and the different voice-enabled applications available in the market. You will learn how to build your first voice-enabled application by utilizing DialogFlow and Alexa’s natural language processing (NLP) platform. Once you are comfortable with building voice-enabled applications, you will understand how to dynamically process and respond to the questions by using NodeJS server deployed to the cloud. You will then move on to securing NodeJS RESTful API for DialogFlow and Alexa webhooks, creating unit tests and building voice-enabled podcasts for cars. Last but not the least you will discover advanced topics such as handling sessions, creating custom intents, and extending built-in intents in order to build conversational VUIs that will help engage the users. By the end of the book, you will have grasped a thorough knowledge of how to design and develop interactive VUIs.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Storing Quotes in Cosmos DB

In the previous chapter, the Fortune Cookie quotes were part of the code file, and if you had to add a new quote, you would have to change the code file and redeploy the code. Redeploying the code in order to add a new quote is a maintenance nightmare. Typically, data is stored in a database because it allows you to insert new data without affecting the code. Having separation of concerns is an important architectural decision, where data concerns should be handled by the database and the code should be separate from the data. In this section, we will migrate the Fortune Cookie quotes out of the code and put them into Cosmos DB.

Why use Cosmos DB? The following are just some of the reasons:

  • NoSQL database: There is no schema, making it easy to design the database based on JSON.
  • Highly available: Service level agreement guarantees 99.99% uptime.
  • Distributed...