Building your own Slack bot

There are many cool things one can do to leverage the power of Slack – private channels, embedding various content, searching all the messages from one place, sharing files and code, using some of the many available integrations or building one yourself. In this post I will focus on the last one. I have finished such an implementation myself recently. My project was a creation of a simple Slack bot for scheduling foosball games for my teammates called Foosie. It is a Spring Boot application that I open-sourced and it is available on GitHub. In this article I will share some of the noteworthy aspects of this little project and hopefully entice you to give it a try yourself. Read more ›

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Arduino as a wireless HTTP client

There are many aspects one must take into consideration when it comes to picking the right board for their project – from performance, memory, battery life, available slots for SD cards or bee modules all the way to the connectivity, namely network interface. Whether it is wired or wireless network interface, it plays crucial role in the way the board is deployed, controlled and it influences the memory and power consumption. In this post I will be discussing the way to setup your Arduino-compatible board as an HTTP client. I have been using my Seeedstudio Stalker v2.3 for all the tests I am describing in this post.
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Presenting with reveal.js

Presentations are sort of an unavoidable feature of both student and professional life. They bring many challenges with them that can catch you by surprise. I found myself in a need to do a presentation for my teammates to showcase a library I spent the last weeks developing. I was faced with the sad reality of opening up PowerPoint and crafting the presentation to convince them to use the library I created. However, looking back at the presentations I created back in college and also those created by my classmates at a time certain pain points almost immediately came to mind. This made me look into other options like many of the JavaScript frameworks that are popular option often seen in various tech-related meetups, talks and webinars. Overall, it was surprisingly pleasant experience so I decided to share the approach I have chosen and why I like the way it works internally.

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