AlexaDev Tuesday (on Thursday): A Workaround For Alexa Push Notifications

Publication Date: 11/2/16 - Just to remind everyone, since next Tuesday is Election Day here in the States I'm running what would've been next Tuesday's AlexaDev Tuesday post today, on a Thursday. Push is something many devs have been wanting to implement, so today I've got a guest post from Matt Farley sharing his project: a workaround for Alexa push notifications.     Take it away,...

AlexaDev Quick Start Tools Roundup

Amazon's doing all in its power to encourage developer involvement with the ASK and AVS platforms. Here's a handy roundup of tools and links provided so far. Note that these will also be added to the Resources For ASK & AVS Developers page, which is now also linked from the top of the AlexaDev category page for easy access going forward.     Alexa Skill Node.js Quick Start - Make an...

AlexaDev Tuesday: An Interview With Daniel Llewellyn

Today it's an interview with new-to-ASK developer Daniel Llewellyn. I reached out to Daniel after reading through his excellent Create an Alexa skill in Node.Js and host it on Heroku tutorial.     Daniel is a 28 year old developer from Minnesota. He says: I've been working with computers since I could operate the keyboard. I started out as more of a network and hardware guy, but ended...

ASK Dev Q&A: An ASK Dev Working In Nicaragua

For this edition of the ASK Dev Q&A feature I'm interviewing Octavio Menocal Cordero, a software engineer working in Nicaragua. A graduate of the National University of Engineering in Managua, Nicaragua, Octavio currently works for the RAIN Agency, an American advertising agency with a branch in Nicaragua. Octavio is enthusiastic about Android and Alexa Skills development, and an avid...

Getting Started With AlexaSkill.js

Today's post comes to you courtesy of Robert B. Hess, who originally provided the following information on the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit Forum.     You can tap or click on the cartoon above to view a full-size version in a new tab or window. Believe me, it's worth it! The question Robert responded to was: Is there any step-by-step walk through of AlexaSkill.js? The Alexa Skills Kit JS...

Alexa Dev Tuesday: Built-In Intents, Custom Cards

I wrote my skills a LONG time ago, and I suspect many of my readers who've written skills are in the same boat. So much has changed just in the past few months in terms of ASK development, I'm intending to sign up for the free Big Nerd Ranch ASK course when it becomes available, just to get up to speed. The start date for that course hasn't been announced yet so in the meantime, for those who...

Resources For ASK & AVS Developers

Amazon provides some terrific sample code and documentation for developers who want to get started with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and/or Alexa Voice Service (AVS), but that's just the tip of the iceberg of all the resources available. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference. Last updated 3/13/18.     Note that these resources pertain to development with the Alexa Skills...

ASK Dev Tuesday: Q&A With Derp Group

One of the regular features here on ASK Dev Tuesday is a boilerplate, 5 question Q&A with Alexa skill developers. Today, Derp Group founders Eric Olson and David Phillips talk about why they got into Alexa skill development and what the experience has been like. David and Eric are both hobbyists from the Seattle area. By day, Eric is an SDET for Disney, and David is a software engineer for...

ASK Dev Tuesday: Anatomy Of A Skill

Today I'm hosting a guest post from skill developer Jo Jaquinta. In it, he goes into depth on the design and development of his Alexa skill "StarLanes".     I've invited Jo to share this information because StarLanes is fairly unique among skills that are currently in release, and in order to build it and get it certified Jo had to address some technical requirements I suspect many...

ASK Dev Tuesday: Amazon’s Hiring For Echo & Alexa

If you're interested in building a career with Echo and Alexa and either already live in, or are willing to relocate to, the Pacific Northwest, you're in luck: Amazon's aggressively recruiting.   Image credit: weknowmemes.com   Amazon held an event for developers in its brand-new Seattle building on 2/18/16. It was later reported as an "invite only" affair, but that's misleading: any...