An Amazing Apps For The Google Assistant – Chatbot Summit 2018

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Here are the slides from my talk today at the Chat Bot Summit.

It was a great experience to talk about the Google Assistant platform and to run two workshops with live coding.

If you could not make it and you wish to test this platform, you can go over the slides (and other tutorials or videos) and check on of the code labs that we have for the Assistant on your own.

There are many good apps that you can check in order to get ideas and inspiration. Here are some apps for the Assistant that I’ve created for the code labs and demos.

Good luck!


How To Deal With High Gear Media API Using PHP And XPath

For the serious players in the automotive industry on the net there is a new way to improve their sites. We had this feed for a while, but now with the new improvements and after big players (e.g. yahoo autos) have been happy with it, we wanted to share it with others around the world.
For developers that are not used to work with XML, XPath and other goodies, here is a short sample of code that will show you how easy it is to fetch our full feed. Unlike the previous post about our regular RSS feed, I’ve used here some basic functionality that anyone that used php (5.2+) will have under their belt.

* @author Ido Green
* @since 04/10/2010
* @abstract Simple example how to fetch High Gear Media Full API using xPath
* @see
* @copyright HighGearMedia INC. 2010
*/error_reporting(E_ALL); // Always good to have it in development mode
$feed = new DOMDocument();
if (isset($feed->documentElement)) {
$xpath = new DOMXPath($feed);
// Lets register TheCarConnection namespace
$xpath->registerNamespace('tcc', '');
// Now we looping on all the items and for each one we are extracting some data
foreach ($xpath->evaluate('//item') as $entryNode) {
// Simple way to get the title,desc per item
echo "Title: " . $xpath->evaluate('string(title)', $entryNode), "\n";
echo "Description " . $xpath->evaluate('string(description)', $entryNode), "\n";
// and some more interesting capabilities of xPath - we fetching the spec that is under tcc namespace for car details
echo "Make: " . $xpath->evaluate('string(tcc:review[1]/tcc:cardetails[1]/tcc:make[1])', $entryNode), "\n";
echo "Model: " . $xpath->evaluate('string(tcc:review[1]/tcc:cardetails[1]/tcc:make[1])', $entryNode), "\n";
echo "Rating: " . $xpath->evaluate('string(tcc:review[1]/tcc:cardetails[1]/tcc:rating[1])', $entryNode), " Out of 10\n";
echo "============\n";
} else {
echo 'Error: Could not fetch the feed';


You can also clone this code from github using: git clone git:// gist-865542

So it’s easy, right? You can load these feed for each site from our network.
For example:
Will give you all the reviews from Motor Authority.
For more specific custom calls you may use these parameters:

  • uid – your user ID
  • cat – you can choose: reviews / bottom-line / tips / blogs
    If you wish to get just the summaries of the bottom-line use: bottomline-summary
  • media – Use 0 for strip html and media=1 to have our HTML format in the call.
  • from/to – Use unix time stamp (e.g. 1206514800 and yes… the ‘from’ need to be lower then the ‘to‘)
  • limit – Up to 100 items. The default is 10.
  • limited-links – When it’s equal 1 we will give you just 5 links per item.
  • version – You will only need it if you wish to get reviews for cars that are older then 2008. Then use: version=0
  • morelinks – Use 1 if you wish to get links from or 0 if you don’t want links.

(*) Note that the bold parameters are mandatory.

If you wish to have quality automotive content on your site please feel free to approach High Gear Media
(feedback at and get a user ID. With more then 1000 new items of content per month, there are something for every car lover girl.


How To Work With High Gear Media RSS Feed In (less then) 4 Minutes

For all the girls that asked me time after time ‘How/Who/When/Why?’ and for all the ones that want to have on their blog the best automotive content around the web… This short code example will harness you with a knowledge to fetch High Gear Media customizable feed and have it on your site. The first thing you need to do in order to save yourself some leg work is to install Zend Framework.

Why reinvent the wheel, right?

The good people that work with Zend build for us some nice components that save us lots of work. For example, to parse an Atom (or RSS) feed – you should use their class and in few lines of code, you can be productive and happy.

After the installation, you can copy & paste the code below and you good to go.

* @author Ido Green
* @since 04/01/2010
* @abstract Simple example how to fetch High Gear Media API (XML feed).
* You should have Zend Framework (1.9.4 and above).
* @see
* @copyright HighGearMedia INC. 2010
// Set error reporting to ALL - Always good when you developing new features
// Lets make sure we can find Zend Framework lib. (You might want to change it base on your local
// environment.
set_include_path(get_include_path() . PATH_SEPARATOR . "../");
// get the feed library
require_once 'Zend/Feed.php';
try {
$rss = Zend_Feed::import(',greencarreports,allaboutprius');
} catch (Exception $e) {
echo $e->getMessage(); // In case something didn't work - lets see it.
exit (-1);
$feedItems = array();
// Loop through the items in the feed
foreach ($rss as $item) {
$itemElements = array(
'title' => $item->title(),
'description' => $item-<description(),
'link' => $item->link(),
'pubDate' => $item->pubDate(),
'author' => $item->author()
array_push($feedItems, $itemElements);
echo "\nThe HGM feed we got:\n";
// dump all items
// In case some other process want to check if we finished correctly.

The feeds can be fully customize according to your interested topics. For example:

Please feel free to share you experience using the comments.