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  • Adding Speech Input to Your Windows Phone App

    In my earlier post I had guided you in implementing voice commands in your Windows Phone app and if you don’t have a clue about what I am talking,  go through my earlier post here.

    For those who doesn’t have time to go through the entire post, here’s a recap.

    Recap

    You can implement speech support in your own app very easily by following the steps given below.

    1. Create a VCD file(Voice Command Dictionary), which essentially is a XML file containing the commands your app supports

    2. Load created command file at the start up.

    3  Deploy the app to the inbuilt emulator or to your device, hold the windows button until Speech dialog is displayed and speak the command you specified in your VCD file and Windows Phone will open the app for you.

     

    As I mentioned earlier I had deployed a simple note taking application in the marketplace and along with this series of posts I am implementing speech recognition support in it.

    In the last post I had already shown you to implement voice commands and now let’s get started with the coding for in-app speech to text integration.

     



  • How to enable voice commands in your Windows Phone 8 App

    Microsoft has enhanced the speech capabilities in Windows Phone in the Windows Phone 8 SDK and with the Bing team releasing their API for developers I decided to upgrade my first ever app developed for Windows Phone 7. Also I was getting feedback from the users to update as well as add new features in it. So to start with it I am incorporating voice commands to the app and will explain the steps needed for the same for including in your app too.

    Windows phone 8 supports both speech recognition and text-to-speech functionalities for interaction with the users. With the Voice Commands feature, users will be able to instruct the phone to initiate operations that you normally do by touch.

    First you need to make sure that you had added the capabilities for speech recognition and microphone in the WpAppManifest.xml either by checking the boxes in the property editor or by manually adding the following lines in the XML file

    <Capability Name="ID_CAP_SPEECH_RECOGNITION"/>
    <Capability Name="ID_CAP_MICROPHONE"/>

    Microsoft has enhanced the speech capabilities in Windows Phone in the Windows Phone 8 SDK and with the Bing team releasing their API for developers I decided to upgrade my first ever app developed for Windows Phone 7. Also I was getting feedback from the users to update as well as add new features in it. So to start with it I am incorporating voice commands to the app and will explain the steps needed for the same for including in your app too.


  • Part 1 : Installing Windows 8

    Microsoft will be releasing the latest version of their operating system named Windows 8 very soon and infact it's already available for download for MSDN and Technet subscribers.

    For the unlucky ones like me has the option to download a 90 day evaluation of the same from here.

    Before you go for downloading, you have to take a note of couple of points

    1. This evaluation version will expire after 90 days and wont be able to upgrade.
    2. It's better to go for the installation in a virtual environment so that it will be easier for you to upgrade from your existing version. Otherwise you will have to uninstall the evaluation first and then do an upgrade.
    3. Inorder to the get the link for the download, you have to should have a Microsoft Account  and should also activate the product within 10 days of installation.

    You have options for 32-bit and 64-bit versions which is available in ISO format. You can get more details from here.

    So I have chosen the 64-bit version which is around 3.5 GB of size and I will be using Oracle Virtual Box for virtualization. It's a well documented fact that MS is not supporting either Virtual PC or

    VMware as virtual environment tools.

    First you have to either mount the ISO image as a drive or you can burn the image on to a disc and use that as an bootable disk to start the setup process. Upon booting you will be presented

    with a splash screen featuring the much talked about new windows logo as shown below.

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    In the next screen you will be asked to selected the regional preferences and language settings

     

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    In the next screen, you will be provided with two options, Install and Repair. Since we are going for a fresh installation,

    will have to click on the Install Now button.


  • Tech Trivia

    I have a table with only one column which stores  date values as shown below

    Now I want to sort the data in the descending order of the date and needs to display it in the mm/dd/yyyy format. So,  Select Convert(VarChar(10),FeedDate,103) FeedDate From Test Order By FeedDate Desc

    Can anyone tell me why is this is not getting sorted as I intended ?


  • Windows Azure Camp at Trivandrum on 30th April


    • Cloud Computing and Azure Overview 
    • Azure Architecture
    • Azure Management Portal
    • Services and Tools Needed
    • Create and debug Azure Application
    • Deploy application in Azure
    • Lunch Break
    • Moving ASP.NET application to Azure
    • Moving SQL Express database to Azure
    • SQL Windows Azure App Fabric Cache