AlexaDev Tuesday

AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills With Reusable Code

AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills With Reusable Code

Focus on developing Alexa skills with reusable code: one strong concept can yield great returns.

AlexaDev Tuesday: Amazon Policy For Ads In Alexa Skills

AlexaDev Tuesday: Amazon Policy For Ads In Alexa Skills

Finally: there’s an official Amazon policy for ads in Alexa skills. Now it should be much easier for skill devs to figure out what is and isn’t okay with respect to monetization based on in-skill ads.     The new policy is presented in terms of certification guidelines. From the Alexa Skills Kit Policy Testing […]

AlexaDev Tuesday: Amazon Pays Alexa Skill Royalties In A New, Trial Program

AlexaDev Tuesday: Amazon Pays Alexa Skill Royalties In A New, Trial Program

Amazon, on a trial basis at least, has started paying devs Alexa skill royalties.

AlexaDev Tuesday: The First Cortana Skills Will Be Free, Too

AlexaDev Tuesday: The First Cortana Skills Will Be Free, Too

Microsoft is soliciting devs to join its Cortana skills beta, but unfortunately for developers it appears the first Cortana skills will be free.

AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills Kit Expanded SSML Support

AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills Kit Expanded SSML Support

Alexa can simulate human moods and responses much better now via the use of special SSML tags that allow for whispering, pitch changes, bleeping to censor certain words, and more.

4/25/17 Alexa Dev Tuesday: Alexa Skill User Beta Testing

4/25/17 Alexa Dev Tuesday: Alexa Skill User Beta Testing

Last week Amazon introduced a new feature for developers: Alexa skill *user* beta testing.

4/18/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills Kit Tutorials For Ruby

4/18/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Skills Kit Tutorials For Ruby

Amazon has partnered with Makers Academy to offer Alexa Skills Kit tutorials for Ruby developers.

4/11/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Want To Know How To Reach Users? Try Being One.

4/11/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Want To Know How To Reach Users? Try Being One.

Using our techie superpowers to elevate us from the user population also isolates us from that population.

4/4/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Monetizing Alexa Skills With Audio Snippets

4/4/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Monetizing Alexa Skills With Audio Snippets

Some devs have already begun monetizing their Alexa skills with audio snippets.

3/28/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Kids Who Code

3/28/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Kids Who Code

Kids who code, or think they might like to try, should definitely look into the Alexa Skills Kit.

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