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SelectedTech is a group of four MVPs doing webinars and sessions on SharePoint, Office365 and the Microsoft AI ecosystem. Learn, Share, Reuse. We are Albert-Jan Schot, Rick Van Rousselt, Stephan Bisser and Thomy Gölles.We decided to work together as a group to release webinar like videos. What we want to show is how we do stuff. We meet online and hit the record button. There is not a lot of time for preparation or planning for our webinars. As a result, you will see mistakes and errors, not high polished content. We strongly believe that showing how to overcome those hiccups adds additional value to the content.
20 Episodes
In Episode 20 we have a guest: Rutger Knijnenburg. We talk about building AI models in the Cloud and running them locally. Rutger and Albert-Jan show how to run models using Docker and keep all your data locally. In the case they show how to enrich your on-premises SharePoint data with a local LUIS model.Full show notes at: the show (
In this episode Stephan is walking you through all the options you have when you are building a messaging extension. Showing you how you can easily use the Bot Framework to extend teams. Making it easy to track your todos by adding conversations and messages to planner or todo righty from the teams client. Awesome demo time!Full show notes at: Support the show (
Thommy took the time to play around with Blazor and shows how to create Teams Tabs based on Blazor. On both ends in Blazor, UI and data, you can reuse your C# skills or your existing business logic libraries to bring those to Microsoft Teams as a tab. Demo time on both the Blazor Server and Client-Side of things.Full show notes at: the show (
Having talked about bots for a few episodes we decided to have look at how improve your code. We looked into analytics options in Chatbots to see if we could get insights into usage of the bot. As well as to performance of the code and our QnA Knowledge base. Stephan shows some dashboard options and we talk on how to implement them. Appie shows how to setup alert rules to monitor unanswered questions without the use of code.Full show notes at: the show (
This episode Stephan walks us through a new community initiative: The Bot Framework Community VS Code Snippets. This plugin helps you to easily adds snippets into your projects. Both for WebChat and LUIS files some handy options are added to your workspace. We walk through the setup of the project and how you can build your own VSCode extensions based on this real life sample. Full show notes at: the show (
Mr. OneDrives Bot

Mr. OneDrives Bot


Episode 15 and Stephan walks us through Mr. OneDrives Bot. Mr OneDrives Bot is the digital twin of Hans Brender. Stephan and Thommy share their lessons learned on building a public chatbot that contains a large scala of knowledge stored in QnA Maker. As it surfaces its knowledge in multiple languages it is an interesting show for anyone building chatbots! Full show notes at: the show (
Performance in Hugo

Performance in Hugo


As we are running our Selected Tech site as a static site on Hugo we spend an episode looking on how to tweak performance. Appie shows us on how to use Google Pagespeed Insights to tweak the Hugo output and maximize the performance score of a site. Including tips & tricks and of course the best practices applied to our blogs and selected tech site.Full show notes at: the show (
Another episode full of fun! In this episode Rick explains how you can authenticate on incoming webhooks. Webhooks allow you to extend the conversation in teams and to send notifications from other applications. But making sure they are secure is important as it will help you prevent unwanted data in teams. By default webhooks are not authenticated so it does require some development but once it is in place you are safe!Full show notes at: the show (
In this episode Thommy talks us through some best practices for your Development or Demo tenant. He shares his tips to make sure your development tenant stays clean and healthy. Including demo's on how to make sure you have demo content and can provide cool demos!Full show notes at: the show (
The Bot Framework Composer is a new tool from Microsoft helping developers in creating bots with the help of a graphical interface. So tune in to see us creating a Chuck Norris joke bot within minutes.Full show notes at: the show (
In Episode 10 Stephan, Appie and Rick talk about the FAQ Plus App Template from Microsoft. According to the Git repository the bot template is about: “FAQ Plus bot is a friendly Q&A bot that brings a human in the loop when it is unable to help.”Full show notes at: the show (
Episode 9 is all about using Hugo and Azure Static websites. Appie walks us through how he used Hugo for his own blog and how we use it here for serving this website. Hugo is one of the most popular open-source static site generators. It’s written in Go (aka Golang) and developed by bep, spf13 and friends. We talk about how Hugo is used to create a static website on your local machine and how to test it during the content creation process. The source of the site is then commited to a Github repository. From there Azure Pipelines take over to publish the generated html file to an Azure Static webiste, et voila, new content is published on our page.Shownotes of episode 9: the show ( the show (
In episode 8 of our SelectedTech podcast/webinar series, Stephan talks on how he created a new version of the Bot Framework webpart that is available in [Code samples and developer content targeted towards SharePoint Framework client-side web parts.]( This webpart is built in React and enables you to have the bot framework chat window in a modern SharePoint PageSupport the show (
In episode 7 of our SelectedTech podcast/webinar series, we try to add secured SharePoint data as a data source to our knowledge base. It takes some additional steps then described in the Microsoft documentation but we finally get it working.Shownotes of episode 7Add a secured SharePoint data source to your knowledge baseUpdates from SelectedTechWe are happy to announce that there are new options to follow our podcast! You can reach us now on Facebook on Twitter. Or you can follow our podcast at [] and sync it with Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Overcast and some other services.Support the show (
In episode 6 of our SelectedTech podcast/webinar series, Albert-Jan introduces his concept of updating the QnAMaker knowledge base with data from SharePoint. To make this as easy as possible he used Microsoft Flow already a couple of times at customer demonstrate the use case of bots updated that way. Talking about Flow at this particular time means we also spend some minutes on the latest license news for PowerApps and Flow. Jussi's Post on Flow Licensing and the upcoming Licensing change:  Microsoft Cloud Show 312: Rob Windsor's Blog: Difference between PowerApps inside of Office365 and outside & Support the show (
The SelectedTech Webinar 005 is a special episode. We got a chance to catch up with Anna Chu from Microsoft. We talked about the upcoming Ignite conference and why you should be in Orlando in November.At Ignite you learn innovative ways to build solutions and migrate and manage your infrastructure. Connect with over 25,000 individuals focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT. Explore new hands-on experiences that will help you innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development.Interesting for us was that Anna right in the beginning of the interview made a statement that this year the developer community is back in the focus of the Ignite program team. Over the last couple of years, it seemed like Ignite was more an IT Pro targeted kind of event. Looking forward to seeing more dev content on the agenda.Anna is the Community Lead for Ignite and Ignite The Tour at Microsoft. If you need guidance or a few hints on how to submit content for Ignite this year, you may find some insights between the lines in the interview as well.Please make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel and check out our webinars on developing bots for Microsoft Teams here.Support the show (
The SelectedTech Podcast 004 is about how to use Postman to talk to the QnA maker API. Postman streamlines the development process and captures a single source of truth about your APIs while also simplifying collaboration across your teams and organisations.QnA Maker is a cloud-based API service that creates a conversational, question and answer layer over your data. QnA Maker enables you to create a knowledge-base(KB) from your semi-structured content such as Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) URLs, product manuals, support documents and custom questions and answers. The QnA Maker service answers your users’ natural language questions by matching it with the best possible answer from the QnAs in your Knowledge base.QnA Maker offers a REST API that allows you to automate operations with your Knowledge base. In order to use this API in Postman, Stephan created a collection you can import in your own tooling. Check out his blog post to get all the details and links.If you already work with Postman here two additional resources from the Microsoft Graph Developer Blog. First, Day 13 from the 30 DaysMSGraph series, “Postman to make Microsoft Graph calls”. This blog post explains how to configure your environment to connect to Microsoft Graph with one click. And as a second, “Announcing Microsoft Graph Postman Collections” again from the Graph Developer Blog written by Jeremy Thake.Please make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel and check out our webinars on developing bots for Microsoft Teams here.Support the show (
 The SelectedTech Podcast 003 about using CI/CD with your bot and Azure DevOps is now available. We recorded the session on July 4th 2019. Check it out and leave a comment or send a tweet or message if you have any questions.In this episode Stephan demos how to create a build and release pipeline within Azure DevOps. We discuss the two different configurations for build and release and talk about how to reuse your config for different target systems. The goal is to switch your target environment with Azure DevOps and to be able to deploy your bot to different Azure tenants just by clicking through the release pipeline.Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel. Support the show (
The SelectedTech Podcast episode 002 about local QnA bot development and deployment to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Teams is now available. We recorded the session on July 4th 2019. Check it out and leave a comment or send a tweet or message if you have any questions.In this episode, we take the QnA bot from webinar 001 and download the code to a local machine. After showing how to run the bot in a local IIS we use ngrok for tunnelling access for a Teams deployment. After making a minor code change we republish the bot and make sure everything is still working. The episode ends with Rick asking Stephan about using Azure DevOps for CI/CD which will be our topic for Webinar 003.Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel.Support the show (
Welcome to our first SelectedTech Podcast. We are four MVPs from Europe and we decided to start our own webinar series. What we want to show is how we do stuff. We meet online and hit the record button. There is not a lot of time for preparation or planning for our webinars. As a result, you will see mistakes and errors, not high polished content. We strongly believe that showing how to overcome those hiccups adds additional value to the content.In our first episode, we create a QnA knowledge base in Azure. We show how to create the resources needed in the Azure portal and how to add pairs of questions and answers to your knowledge base. After that, we use the bot template in Azure to start our conversational endpoint. By using the QnA config we connect the knowledge base with the bot and deploy our newly created application to Microsoft Teams.Here our playlist. Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel.Support the show (
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