Turf Futures?

With the future of the UK uncertain come a post-Brexit world, maybe a few thoughts as to what the future holds for the turf care industry are needed here: Jobs: With around 30,000 people employed as grounds operatives / groundsman and greenskeepers (source: ONS) and with an ageing workforce, this relatively niche jobs market will continue to offer good opportunities. If the labour pool is to become more limited, with workers migrating back to continental Europe, prospects for employees could

Alexa Skill: Turf Expert

Oh well, two weeks later than planned so I missed out on the possibility of a free Amazon Alexa T-shirt, but with 984 terms added to a new Alexa Skill ‘Turf Expert’ I think it was now time to submit it for certification. I’ve created my own descriptions for a wide range of terms used within lawn care and sports turf maintenance; some definitions of terms which are not included elsewhere, so potentially a useful learning resource. I am able

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary?

I thought that developing a Skill for Alexa was going well, and it is. Everything is all set to get it submitted for approval. However, considering the Skill I’m developing is asking and finding out about terms and issues on lawns and turf surfaces, it has started to become a task of labyrinthine proportions. Where one word seems to finish, another one pops up as needing a suitable user friendly definition and description. An article in the Guardian this week

My Alexa Skill Development

I’ve had some really good learning experiences with developing my first Alexa Skill: It is almost ready to be submitted for approval. Deconstructing the sample code and then adding in my own requirements was not as painful as I first thought. What I did find was that to help me with the development process the use of multiple displays significantly improved my experience. Coding would appear on one screen; Amazon Web Service showing the Lamda function code on another screen

Learning to develop an Alexa skill

I wanted to find out about developing a Voice User Interface as the opportunities to use such an interactive voice resource within a learning environment, especially a ‘personal’ learning environment – whether formal, informal or non-formal, appears to be considerable. I’ve signed up to AWS (Amazon Web Service) and also Amazon Developer so I can create an Alexa skill. I’ve already practiced creating a skill using the Amazon step-by-step guide and this works, so now I need to put this into