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Sam Williams - Author

About the Author

Sam William’s expressive, appealing and soft illustrations have appeared in numerous young books, including Ballet Kitty; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck and Little Red by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York. He is the author of Talk Peace and That’s Love. Sam divides his time between London and Deal on the east coast of England. Read the author's Q&A here.

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Insecurity The cancer and the cure

Insecurity The cancer and the cure

Author: Sam Williams, Brad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2020

Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex Create custom conversational and voice interfaces for your Amazon Echo devices and web platforms

Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex Create custom conversational and voice interfaces for your Amazon Echo devices and web platforms

Author: Sam Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

Build artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice and text conversational interfaces with Amazon Key Features Develop Alexa Skills to create a working voice user interface (VUI) Integrate Amazon Lex chatbots into Facebook, Slack, and text messages Learn to use AWS Lambda, Alexa Skills Kit, and Amazon Lex Book DescriptionHave you ever wondered how Alexa apps are made, how voice-enabled technologies work, or how chatbots function? And why tech giants such as Amazon and Google are investing in voice technologies? A better question is: why should I start developing on these platforms? Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex covers all features of the Alexa Skills kit with real-world examples that help you develop skills to integrate Echo and chatbots into Facebook, Slack, and Twilio with the Amazon Lex platform. The book starts with teaching you how to set up your local environment and AWS CLI so that you can automate the process of uploading AWS Lambda from your local machine. You will then learn to develop Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots using Lambda functions to control functionality. Once you've come to grips with this, you will learn to create increasingly complex chatbots, integrate Amazon S3, and change the way Alexa talks to the user. In the concluding chapters, we shift our focus to Amazon Lex and messaging chatbots. We will explore Alexa, learn about DynamoDB databases, and add cards to user conversations. By the end of this book, you will have explored a full set of technologies that will enable you to create your own voice and messaging chatbots using Amazon. What you will learn Create a development environment using Alexa Skills Kit, AWS CLI, and Node.js Build Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots from scratch Gain access to third-party APIs from your Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots Use AWS services such as Amazon S3 and DynamoDB to enhance the abilities of your Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex chatbots Publish a Lex chatbot to Facebook Messenger, Twilio SMS, and Slack Create a custom website for your Lex chatbots Develop your own skills for Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo Who this book is forHands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex is for developers who are interested in building conversational bots and Alexa skills with Amazon. Prior experience with JavaScript programming is required.

Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex

Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex

Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2018

Build artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice and text conversational interfaces with AmazonKey FeaturesDevelop Alexa Skills to create a working voice user interface (VUI)Integrate Amazon Lex chatbots into Facebook, Slack, and text messagesLearn to use AWS Lambda, Alexa Skills Kit, and Amazon LexBook DescriptionHave you ever wondered how Alexa apps are made, how voice-enabled technologies work, or how chatbots function? And why tech giants such as Amazon and Google are investing in voice technologies? A better question is: why should I start developing on these platforms? Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex covers all features of the Alexa Skills kit with real-world examples that help you develop skills to integrate Echo and chatbots into Facebook, Slack, and Twilio with the Amazon Lex platform.The book starts with teaching you how to set up your local environment and AWS CLI so that you can automate the process of uploading AWS Lambda from your local machine. You will then learn to develop Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots using Lambda functions to control functionality. Once you've come to grips with this, you will learn to create increasingly complex chatbots, integrate Amazon S3, and change the way Alexa talks to the user. In the concluding chapters, we shift our focus to Amazon Lex and messaging chatbots. We will explore Alexa, learn about DynamoDB databases, and add cards to user conversations.By the end of this book, you will have explored a full set of technologies that will enable you to create your own voice and messaging chatbots using Amazon.What you will learnCreate a development environment using Alexa Skills Kit, AWS CLI, and Node.jsBuild Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots from scratchGain access to third-party APIs from your Alexa Skills and Lex chatbotsUse AWS services such as Amazon S3 and DynamoDB to enhance the abilities of your Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex chatbotsPublish a Lex chatbot to Facebook Messenger, Twilio SMS, and SlackCreate a custom website for your Lex chatbotsDevelop your own skills for Alexa-enabled devices such as the EchoWho this book is forHands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex is for developers who are interested in building conversational bots and Alexa skills with Amazon. Prior experience with JavaScript programming is required.

Sharing

Sharing

Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2013

Sharing is sometimes hard for young students. This book talks about different things and ways you can share to get along better with your classmates and friends.

Are You a Bully?

Are You a Bully?

Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2013

Bullying is a huge issue in our schools today, and this book teaches students what to do if they are being bullied and what they can do to help a friend or fellow student who is a victim of bullying.

Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman and the Free

Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman and the Free

Author: Sam Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2012

Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. It examines Stallman's unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement's overall success. Free as in Freedom examines one man's 20-year attempt to codify and communicate the ethics of 1970s era hacking culture in such a way that later generations might easily share and build upon the knowledge of their computing forebears. The book documents Stallman's personal evolution from teenage misfit to prescient adult hacker to political leader and examines how that evolution has shaped the free software movement. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Richard Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder within the hacking community, a community that bills itself as anarchic and averse to central leadership or authority. How did this paradox come about? Free as in Freedom provides an answer. It also looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have diminished Stallman's leadership role in some areas while augmenting it in others. Finally, Free as in Freedom examines both Stallman and the free software movement from historical viewpoint. Will future generations see Stallman as a genius or crackpot? The answer to that question depends partly on which side of the free software debate the reader currently stands and partly upon the reader's own outlook for the future. 100 years from now, when terms such as computer, operating system and perhaps even software itself seem hopelessly quaint, will Richard Stallman's particular vision of freedom still resonate, or will it have taken its place alongside other utopian concepts on the 'ash-heap of history?'

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