Category Archives: App Development

API.AI rebrands to Dialogflow

A couple of months ago we reported on Google’s acquisition of our favorite natural language processing (NLP) platform – API.AI.

Well since then it seems that API.AI have gone from strength to strength in so many new areas, …so much so in fact that they have decided to rebrand in order to better describe their current more diverse platform which includes an analytics tools and 33 prebuilt agents

Enter ‘Dialogflow’

Full press release here

 

Focus on code over infrastructure with Google App Engine Flexible Environment

The Google App Engine Flexible environment, which transitioned from Beta to GA a couple of months ago allows developers to focus on doing what they do best, writing code. Based on Google Compute Engine, the App Engine flexible environment automatically scales your app up and down while balancing the load.
 
Microservices, authorization, SQL and NoSQL databases, traffic splitting, logging, versioning, security scanning, and content delivery networks are all supported natively. In addition, the App Engine flexible environment allows you to customize the runtime and even the operating system of your virtual machine using Dockerfiles.
 

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The End of Flash

Adobe made an announcement last week that it will stop updating and distributing its Flash plugin at the end of 2020. This has been a long time coming.

Years ago the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs chose not to add support for the plugin to Apple’s mobile devices. He explained it in his open letter back then. He said that Flash was created during the PC era, but in mobile era of low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards  Flash falls short.

Major web browsers have begun moving away from Flash as well.

You can read more about it here.

Serverless v1.14 released

We love Serverless technology here at Boyle Software – being able to build applications comprised of microservices, which run in response to events, auto-scaling, being able to focus on the business problems rather than infrastructure, lower costs etc – the list goes on.

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Hapi’ly developing Node.js applications

Reminding me slightly of early Java web applications that existed before Apache Struts came along, similarly, Node,js applications developed by different teams and developers can vary widely in terms of structure and style.

From wildly different index.js files to custom express() and mvc patterns it can be difficult moving from one project to another and learning the new style imposed.

Although there are many frameworks for building web applications with Node.js, now, with the advent of Hapi.js though, Node applications for websites, APIs, single page applications or any kind of networked JavaScript HTTP service are now fun and familiar to work with. Continue reading

Duty24x7 alert management system

If you are a DevOp responsible for website uptime it’s important to be the first one to notice website issues or, even better, notice that the site is about to suffer an outage and prevent it. Also, if you are committed to providing 24×7 customer support you want to get notified about the new inquires as soon as they arrive.

To address this we have developed a cloud service called Duty24x7 that allows to resend and escalate unacknowledged email alerts and track them. Continue reading

Amazon AI: Rekognition, Lex, Polly

Amazon launched AWS over 11 years ago, and it’s fair to say they’ve been the leader in Infrastructure as a Service for nearly all of the time since then. However when it comes to higher, application level services, they’ve lagged a bit behind the competition. However with the recent launch of several new offerings, they’re beginning to close that gap. At Amazon re:Invent 2016 in November, they launched a suite of services focused around Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.

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Ready to sweat for RhinoCo Fitness

RhinoCo logoWe are excited to announce that Boyle Software has started working with RhinoCo Fitness on exciting new projects.

RhinoCo Fitness was founded in 2007 with the goal of making fitness more accessible by using connected technology to deliver essential tools, supplements, and training programs to people across the world. In 2010 RhinoCo partnered with Reebok to open the first Reebok Crossfit Gym, which quickly became the highest-grossing retail store for Reebok and a world-renowned fitness center for RhinoCo.

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