Voxxed Days Bucharest 2018

Chat Bot Workshop: Let’s have some fun with chat bots!

March 23, 2018 | 11:30 | Room Nevada

A lot of companies are investing in chat bots. In this workshop, we will develop a fully functional chat bot from scratch with support for formatted messages, photos, documents, locations, buttons, custom keyboards and more. No slides, just code – and a lot of fun…

Do you understand the user interface of every website and every application? I don’t! Do you understand how to use a chat application like WhatsApp, Telegram, Threema, Signal, Facebook Messenger, etc? I do! If everyone knows how to chat, what if we provide our business services using a chat bot as a user interface? Let’s have some fun and create a chat bot live on stage as an introduction to this very interesting topic! In this workshop we will start a new empty project and write a complete and working chat bot from scratch for Telegram. Our bot will receive messages from other Telegram users, analyze them and send an appropriate answer. The messages can be formatted and contain photos, documents and locations. We will use custom and inline keyboards, callback buttons and much more. Be prepared: After this workshop you will have an own working chat bot on your notebook and there will be nothing to stop you from writing more and amazing chat bots!

To fully understand this workshop the attendees should have basic knowledge of Java.

Kotlin EE: Boost your Productivity

March 23, 2018 | 15:15 | Room Platinum 3

Kotlin is a language for the JVM, invented by JetBrains a few years ago. But what the hell is Kotlin EE? If you never heard of Kotlin EE, don’t panic, it does not exist. But you can use it right away and boost your productivity!

I invented the term Kotlin EE as a synonym for using the Kotlin language together with the Java EE API to create services of any size (microservices, nanoservices etc.) with just a few lines of code and the ability to focus on the business logic.

Kotlin and Java EE are a perfect couple for writing micro- or nanoservices. Kotlin is a very pragmatic language, builds on many concepts and techniques from Java, designed for developer productivity. Kotlin works great with all existing Java libraries and frameworks and runs with the same level of performance as Java.

The Java EE API allows us to code against a proven and stable API. Provided libraries like JAX-RS for writing RESTful APIs and Jackson for JSON (de)serializing decrease the need for additional third-party libraries which results in a short build time and a small artifact size. Benefit from a very fast build and test feedback and stay focused on your code.

In this talk, I try to prove my statements from above. Live on stage I write a service in Kotlin with a RESTful JSON API with only a few lines of code and run the service using a local Docker cloud where you can see how these can be scaled up and down to manage fluctuating loads. Coding, building, testing, deploying, scaling: fast and efficient!

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