Microsoft buys Nuance for nearly $20 billion deal

Microsoft said it agreed to buy Nuance Communications, a cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) software company, in a cash transaction valued at $ 19.7 billion, including debt on Monday.

So what is Nuance ?

“Nuance provides the artificial intelligence layer at the point of healthcare delivery and is a pioneer in the real-world application of enterprise artificial intelligence” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “Artificial intelligence is the highest priority in technology and healthcare is most urgent application.”

Nuance products include multiple clinical speech recognition as a service (SaaS) software offerings built on Microsoft Azure. The company’s solutions work with major healthcare systems and are currently used in 77% of US hospitals, noted in a statement of him.

Beyond healthcare, Nuance provides expertise in artificial intelligence and customer engagement solutions in interactive voice response, virtual assistants, and digital and biometric solutions.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance builds on the existing partnership between the companies announced in 2019 to help transform healthcare delivery. Last year, the software giant introduced Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare to address the needs of the rapidly transforming and growing healthcare industry.

This combination might results solutions and expertise to deliver new cloud and artificial intelligence capabilities in healthcare and other industries, and represent the latest step in Microsoft’s industry-specific cloud strategy, the Redmond-based company noted.


Creating downloadable CSV file in PHP

This time I would like to share you how to automatically download CSV file using PHP.

To download CSV file, the header() function and the php://output parameter must be used.

Setting the header is importance when downloading files automatically. In the first line of code, the content-type option is that HTTP header telling the browser that the MIME type of the content is application/csv.

Other particularly important option is in the second line of code, the filename option. This is where we want to name the file that will be generated and downloaded.

The other importance line of code is content transfer encoding ,this encoding method will transform binary email message data into the US-ASCII plain text format.

For populating CSV, fopen() giving us access to PHP’s output buffer. This line of code is that the file pointer connected to the output stream.

Writing data to the Csv and we can define column headings like this:

We can fetch data and loop over the rows of data and output them.

By Ami

Prohibited Validation Rules in Laravel

Sometimes we wish to forcefully prevent some of the fields in the request.

Now we just got that. Laravel 8 has three validation added for prohibited fields. Let’s walk through a few examples of where the prohibited validation rules might be useful and look at each one in more detail.

Prohibited Validation Rule

The “prohibited” rule checks if the field under validation must be empty or not present or throw an error otherwise.

The above is where a user might expect to update an API key by sending a PUT request to a resource. That field is likely ignored during the request. However, a successful response might lead to the user to believe they were able to update the key when in reality, the API ignored it.

If  prohibited validation rule registers, the key field is present in the request it will terminate the request with 422 HTTP code response code  and throw the error with the message The key field is prohibited.

Prohibited If and Unless Rules

The “prohibited_if ” rule checks if the field under validation must be empty or not present if the another field is equal to any value.

The above example is we’re expecting tos_accepted field will be forbidden if is_minor filed accepts true value. This example means someone accepting terms of service that has identified as a minor. Perhaps the application requires a parental registration to consent on their behalf.

The basic idea of “Prohibited_unless” rule is that a given filed should be prohibited from having data unless another field is equal to any value.

The above example might be initially the is_deceased filed set to false value.If we’re expecting the date_of_death field not to be forbidden, the is_deceased’ field set to true value.The example  illustrates perfectly how to use this rule to explicitly prevent contradictory input.

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Compressing images for your website

Sometimes, we have to deal with large size images in our website that cause the loading time longer. We need to manage that issue by compressing the images to a smaller without affecting largely the image resolution on the other hand.

Furthermore, we can use lazy loading to load our images on the website apart from compressing images. Firstly I will guide to some websites which provide multiple images’ compression and talk about lazy loading.

Jpeg Compression

As for the jpg and jpeg images compression, you can go to this website which allows only jpg formats images for compression that is available up to 20 images per time. After compression work, there will be a zip file of your compressed images.

Jpg & Png Compression

You have png files instead of jpg, you can use this website which allows not only jpg but also png for compression. The limitation is 20 like above one and there is one more limitation of image size 5MB. After compression work, there will also be a zip file of your compressed images.

Lazy Loading

Image lazy loading means loading images to websites asynchronously, that is, after the content in the top half of the page is fully loaded, or even conditionally, only when they appear in the browser’s viewport. This means that if users don’t scroll all the way down, the images at the bottom of the page won’t even load.

There are many types of lazy loading but I will talk about native browser lazy loading but you can also use other third parties JavaScript libraries.

<img loading = lazy> is compatible with the most popular Chromium-powered browsers (Chrome, Edge, Opera) and Firefox. WebKit (Safari) implementation is in progress. has detailed information on cross-browser compatibility. Browsers that don’t support the loading attribute just ignore it with no side effects.

As I said above, you are welcome to use other libraries like Lozad.js or Intersection_Observer_API also.


Laravel Session

Sessions provide a way to store information about the user across multiple requests. Session configuration file is stored at config/session.php. Laravel provide various drivers like file, cookie, database, mechace / redis, dynamodb, array. By default, Laravel is configured to use file session driver.

Interaction with the Session

Retrieving Data

There are two primary ways to access the session data in laravel: the global session helper and via a Request instance. 

To access the session data via HTTP Request, we can use the get() method, which will take one argument, key to get the session data.

When we retrieve an item from the session, we may also pass a default value as the second argument to the get method.

To retrieve all the data in the session, we may use the all method:

To determine if an item is present in the session, we may use the has method:

Pushing To Array Session Value

The push method may use to push a new value onto a session value that is an array.

Retrieving & Deleting An Item

The pull method may used to retrieve and delete an item form the session in a single statement:

If session data contains an integer we may wish to increment or decrement, we may use the increment and decrement methods.

We may wish to store in the session for the next request. We may use the flash method.

To remove a piece of data from the session. We may use forget method.

We may wish to remove multiple keys:

The Global Session Helper

You may also use the global session PHP function to retrieve and store data in the session.

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