Basic vs Enhanced Health Checks on AWS ELB

Posted on Thu 29 June 2017 in Articles • Tagged with alexa, elasticbeanstalk, aws, biblescholar

The Problem

Yesterday I started getting a lot of emails from Amazon saying that there were issues with the ELB application that runs my Alexa App.


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Validating BibleScholar Scraping

Posted on Mon 02 January 2017 in Articles • Tagged with python, scraping, biblescholar

As with any data scraping tool, verifying correctness in BibleScholar's verse scraping utilities was pretty important. After my first run through verses, here is what I was seeing between versions. Note that this is before I added the ESV translation, which as you'll see below is the version with the …


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Setting up SSL for an ElasticBeanstalk Application

Posted on Sun 01 January 2017 in Articles • Tagged with alexa, elasticbeanstalk, aws, biblescholar, ssl

In my last article I discussed how I created an Alexa application using AWS ElasticBeanstalk. I left off stuck in the last step of getting the site set up with a SSL certificate from a trusted CA.

In general AWS makes the process of setting up SSL for a site …


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Introducing the BibleScholar Alexa application

Posted on Sat 31 December 2016 in Articles • Tagged with alexa, elasticbeanstalk, aws, biblescholar

When I went to the AWS Re:Invent conference this November, every attendee got an Echo Dot. Since then I've been looking for something useful to do with it. So far I've been just asking Alexa about the weather, traffic, and (very corny) jokes.

Several of my long term side …


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