Did you know that on this day in 1971 millions of Americans made horrible fashion choices.
Use Alexa to help discover interesting facts for this day in history to WOW your friends and co-workers. You could easily become the most popular person in your neighborhood with this skill.
I was interested in learning how to develop my own skills. After I came up with my initial idea I was surprised how easy the process seemed on the surface.
There are great walk-through guides up at Amazon but I thought it would be helpful to see the pages laid out in one place.
Think of your Alexa Skill as a story or a narrative. It is helpful to map out a flow on how you think this interaction will work.
- Ask Alexa a fact about history for this day (Month & Day)
- Alexa returns an interesting historical event that happend on this day in history
Complete the Skill Information Page.
Application Id: The ID for this skill
(Non-editable, but this is your this is your generated application ID)
Skill Type (Required)
You can choose a Skill API or define the interaction model.
Custom Interaction Model
Smart Home Skill API
For this project we are using "Custom Interaction Model"
The name of this skill. This is the name displayed in the Alexa App.
Invocation Name (Required)
The name users will say to interact with this skill. This does not have to be the same as the skill name. The invocation name must comply with the Invocation Name Guidelines
Complete the Interaction Model Page.
Intent Schema (Required)
The schema of user intents in JSON format. For more information, see Intent Schema.
Think of this like the Table of Contents to your story. Here you map out each conversation you could possibly have.
Sample Utterances (Required)
Phrases end users say to interact with the skill. For better results, provide as many samples as you can.
Note that you must select three of these to use as your Example Phrases on the Description tab.
For more information, see .
Here is where you define what YOU say. You start with what "Intent" the phrase should be map to, and include any custom slots in curly brackets.
See Attached Code: Utterances
Lambda ARN url for Smart Home Adapter.
Here is where you map the web service that drives the back end interaction with the Alexa Skill. Here is where you point you skill at that service will describe in code section. You can map it to your own hosted service or a service you construct in AWS Lambda.
Do you allow users to create an account or link to an existing account with you? Learn more
We are not using Account Linking in this project.
This is where you test your service. You can past your Utterances in the "Enter Utterance" field and click the "Ask Your Service Name" button to test the interaction.
You will see the formatted Lambda Request and Lambda Response in the boxes below.
Here is where you get really creative... You describe what your Skill will do in both short and long form for display in the Skills directory. Also specify so example Utterances, Icons, Keywords and Testing Instructions for the Certification process.
When you are tested and ready to go, submit your Skill for certification. Note: once you submit it, you can no longer edit or test the service.