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Upcoming Sessions at Conferences – ICON UK and Social Connections

Its going to be a busy time over the next couple of months, wth three brand new sessions to present. ICON UK Do You Wanna Build A Chatbot, Thursday September 13th, 4:15pm, Room 4 First up is ICON UK in less than a month’s time. My session will focus on Watson Assistant (formerly Watson Conversation) …

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Chatbots and Watson Assistant: Understanding The Moving Parts

Over the past few months I’ve been digging more and more into Watson Assistant, formerly Watson Conversation. I’ve also been active in the Slack channels around Watson and Watson Assistant. I’ve become very conscious of a continuing theme around the product, based on a fundamental misunderstanding. It actually reminds me of some sessions I did …

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Great Start to IBM Think

The IBM Champion and User Group day was a great start to IBM Think with some interesting sessions, although my morning was busy with delivering a session twice with Tony Holder and delivering a Lightning Talk. On behalf of OpenNTF we also launched open badges for user groups to thank them for their support of …

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Watson Developer Cloud Java SDK XPages Library

Recently I’ve been digging into the Watson Conversation APIs. With Java being my language of choice, the natural starting point was the Watson Brewery demo which integrates with Watson Workspace. This in itself was a learning experience as I finally stepped beyond the world of Eclipse to use IntellJ IDEA, as mentioned in the ReadMe. …

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Watson Workspace Essentials Launch / Social Connections

Using Today IBM announced the launch of Watson Workspace Essentials, an enterprise-targeted offering of Watson Workspace. Watson Workspace itself has been in preview since World of Watson last October, during which time it has matured and had quite a bit of development. The product is still available free of charge, but this offering is specifically …

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Engage Review and Slides

Over the last few days I’ve been attending Engage. As ever, it was an excellent conference, with a great attendance from across Europe. (If you’ve not attended a user group recently and will not this year, put it on your list for next year, May 2018.) As ever, Theo is a brilliant organiser and the social events …

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IBM Connect 2017: My Sessions and Documentation Constructive Criticism Call-to-Arms

Last week I delivered two sessions at IBM Connect, both with strong speakers from the community. GraphQL 101 The first session on Tuesday afternoon was GraphQL 101 with Christian Guedemann. Within an hour of reading the documentation about GraphQL, it was very apparent to me that GraphQL was a major technology for application development. And …

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WWS Java SDK API 0.5.0 and GraphQL Visualisations

As I’ve blogged before, over recent weeks I’ve been working with Christian Guedemann on a Java SDK for the Watson Work Services API. The documentation has been available since it was released at the end of October. There has also been a GraphiQL in-browser IDE for writing, validating and testing GraphQL queries against Watson Work …

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Watson Work Services Java API Introduction

For a few weeks now, Christian Guedemann and I have been working on a Java API to send requests to Watson Work Services to interact with a Watson Workspace. I blogged about the approach recently. I was determined to avoid Java developers having to write strings of JSON data to pass as queries to Watson …

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Watson Workspace and Watson Work Services

This week has brought the preview beta of Watson Workspace and Watson Work Services, what was previously called Toscana. These are very early days, without a doubt. Some are disappointed at the progress since the announcement at IBM Connect in February (seem screenshots can be seen here). The majority of features users take for granted …

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