Author Archives: alankent

Computer Animation as a Hobby

Recently I wanted to have another go at computer animation as a personal hobby. I had dabbled with computer graphics many years ago so was curious to see where the world was up to today. I sometimes watch a bit of Japanese Anime, so I set myself a goal of creating a 10 minute Japanese […]

A Path To Voice Commerce: Google Merchant Center and Structured Data (Quick Note)

Disclaimer: If you had not heard already, I recently joined Google. This post not an official communication from Google. All the opinions (and errors!) here are my own. All information about Google is from public sources. The ecommerce field to me is challenging and and dynamic. So much is going on on so many fronts. […]

Progressive Web AMP (summary of AMP Conf 2018 Talk)

At the recent AMP Conf (in AM(P)sterdam of course!) there was an interesting talk titled “Progressive Web AMPs” that explored the merging of AMP and PWA technologies. The following is my summary and interpretation of the Carved.com ecommerce use case presented by WompMobile from this session – any errors in the following are my own! (Note […]

How Fast is Your Site?

Ever wondered how fast is your web site as experienced by customers? From different parts of the world? There are some useful tools around to help! I think everyone in e-commerce knows that site speed matters these days (right?). There are various stats around like you can lose ~50% of visitors on mobile if it […]

Google, ECommerce, and Me!

I am thrilled to announce, as of March 5th, I am joining Google as a Developer Advocate, focussing on the ecommerce space. For me this is a bit of a dream job. There are so many fascinating technologies that Google is working on that are directly applicable to commerce both in the short and long […]

Exploring Jupyter with Machine Learning

Jupyter is an open source platform that lets you mix code (I will use Python here) with Markdown, allowing you develop notebooks that mix both documentation with the output of code. This is popular with data scientists in the machine learning arena as it lets you write down your notes right next to running code. […]

Getting into Machine Learning

I am not a deep machine learning expert. This post is intended for those who wanted to learn more about the practical aspects of machine learning – where is the effort really? This series of posts are my experiences as I explore the space.  What is Machine Learning?  So what is Machine Learning in practice? […]