So called because in this article we show how to put together all the parts of a simple web service so that when you come to use the tools out there, that make things easier and quicker, you can work out what has gone wrong and how to fix it. Continue reading “The naked web service”
What is a web service?
There is a simple definition for a web service but before I get to that I want to set the scene.
Before the emergence of the internet, computers would connect with each other over point to point connections. Initially, the two ends of the communicating systems would need to be written on the same platform in the same technology. Continue reading “Web services the what and why”
This is the last in the series about writing applications which convert text to speech. We started off the journey by introducing the final product, a Speech Tester JavaFX application.
It is this application that we are going to design and build here.
Are you interested in making your application speak? Converting text to speech within your application is fairly simple with the help of a few libraries. Let’s take a look at what is required to get FreeTTS and MBROLA working within your Java application. Continue reading “Java Text to Speech – the basics”
Now that we have a small collection of voices to choose from, see our previous article, let us turn our attention to making some noise from our Java application.
Just to get us going we will select a voice and use it to play a quote. The quote we will use for now is “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” The voice we will use is the 8-bit Kevin. Continue reading “Making noise”
Welcome to the third in the series on adding speech to a Java application. In the previous post, we wrote a small application to list out all the voices available in our Java FreeTTS speech synthesiser.
In this article, we will take a look at increasing the number of voices available to us by adding voices from MBROLA. Continue reading “Adding MBROLA speech to FreeTTS Java speech synthesiser”
In the last post we took a look at a small application to demonstrate making our program speak and the various voices and settings that can be used to alter the sound.
In this post, we are going to build a small proof of concept project to load the FreeTTS synthesiser and start to use it. Continue reading “JavaFX and adding basic speech”
Have you ever wondered how to make your application talk? Well, in this tutorial we take a look at a JavaFX application built to sample some voices. The application uses freely available tools such as FreeTTS and MBROLA to add speech into an application. Continue reading “JavaFX Text to Speech”
I was working on a project the other day and it had a requirement for speech. Based on some pre-agreed text, the application needed to play back the text to the user. Now, these days this sort of thing is common place. Alexa and Siri are well known services based on this sort of technology.
So, what if you want to convert text to speech how can you do this.
When starting out programming there are so many things that you need to learn. The problem is made worse by the fact there are so many things you do not know you need to know. Added to this is a multitude of things that you think you need to know that you try to learn.
So You Want to Write a Java Desktop Application was written for just such a situation. This book takes you step by step through the process of building a Java application with JavaFX. The aim of the book is to build an application starting with a basic description, understanding the application design, and working through each section fully. All the code is provided so the reader can build as they read. By the end of the book, you will have a working application, as well as a good understanding of how to design and build your own applications.