Ok, this post is fairly technical. Read on if you are interested in how bots work in Cisco Spark and how to use them. Disclaimer: the information here is not Cisco official, only my personal evaluations. I have not been directly involved in Cisco's evaluations and decisions. My views may not represent the Spark API team’s views and may not be accurate. Some people have been … [Read more...] about How to use bots together with integrations in Cisco Spark?
You may have wondered what the difference is between a bot and an integration! Or probably not, maybe you haven’t really cared…! So, let’s take one step back, why should you care? There are by now a huge number of services that offer APIs as a way to access their services, i.e. that you can programatically use a service by writing software code. If you are a lawyer or works … [Read more...] about Bots and Integrations: What’s The Difference? — or really: why should you care?
UPDATE July 7, 2016: To simplify getting the Spark Army Knife code, I have established a new code repository that will always mirror what is running at https://spark-army-knife.appspot.com. You can thus easily download the entire Army Knife app, including the right version of the ActingWeb library, from the download section of the repository. This post covers the code behind … [Read more...] about The Code Behind Spark Army Knife: the Spark Specific Code
UPDATE Oct 22, 2018: This post describes an early version of both the Army Knife app and the ActingWeb library. It is still a good source and introduction to the basics of using ActingWeb to build a bot, but the current version of Army Knife is not available in code form. UPDATE July 7, 2016: To simplify getting the Spark Army Knife code, I have established a new code … [Read more...] about The Code Behind Spark Army Knife: the ActingWeb Library
UPDATE!!! June 13, 2016: The code is now posted. If you're not a developer, here's the short story: I have made a service that extends the value of Cisco Spark by adding cool things like pinning the latest message in a room (for later actions) and making the room public (everybody can join from a web page), as well as a VIP tracking feature that allows you to track all … [Read more...] about The Spark Army Knife – extending Cisco Spark with cool new features