Design and build innovative, custom, data-driven Alexa skills for home or business. Working through several projects, this book teaches you how to build Alexa skills and integrate them with online APIs. If you have basic Python skills, this book will show you how to build data-driven Alexa skills. You will learn to use data to give your Alexa skills dynamic intelligence, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to remember.
Data-Driven Alexa Skills
takes a step-by-step approach to skill development. You will begin by configuring simple skills in the Alexa Skill Builder Console. Then you will develop advanced custom skills that use several Alexa Skill Development Kit features to integrate with lambda functions, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Internet data feeds. These advanced skills enable you to link user accounts, query and store data using a NoSQL database, and access real estate listings and stock prices via web APIs.
What You Will Learn
Who This Book Is For
- Set up and configure your development environment properly the first time
- Build Alexa skills quickly and efficiently using Agile tools and techniques
- Create a variety of data-driven Alexa skills for home and business
- Access data from web applications and Internet data sources via their APIs
- Test with unit-testing frameworks throughout the development life cycle
- Manage and query your data using the DynamoDb NoSQL database engines
Developers who wish to go beyond Hello World and build complex, data-driven applications on Amazon's Alexa platform; developers who want to learn how to use Lambda functions, the Alexa Skills SDK, Alexa Presentation Language, and Alexa Conversations; developers interested in integrating with public APIs such as real estate listings and stock market prices. Readers will need to have basic Python skills.
Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: Voice User Interfaces
Chapter 2: Routines and Blueprints
Chapter 3: The Developer Accounts
Chapter 4: Creating the VUI for a Custom Data-driven Skill
Chapter 5: Writing the Back-end Code
Chapter 6: Publishing an Alexa Skill
Part II: Custom Skill Development
Chapter 7: Custom Alexa Skills
Chapter 8: Beyond Hello World
Chapter 9: Configuring the VUI
Chapter 10: Using APL to Present on Screens
Chapter 11: Coding the Lambda Function
Chapter 12: Unit Testing an Alexa Skill
Chapter 13: Storing the Data
Part III: Using APIs in Advanced Skills
Chapter 14: A Personal Net Worth Skill
Chapter 15: The Real Estate API
Chapter 16: The Stock Market API
Chapter 17: What's Next?