Coding Love

Everybody needs a little code love in their life.

May 24, 2020

Alexa Slots, Part 2

Amazon has a large number of predefined slot types for you to use in your Alexa skill but there will undoubtedly be times when you need something more specific. Learn how easy it is to create custom slots to easily identify your users needs

May 09, 2020

Alexa Slots, Part 1

Grabbing a part of what a user says while using your Amazon Alexa skill is easy with slots. By using either predefined or custom slots, you can save parts of speech to variables that can be used at any point during the current session.

April 19, 2020

Work Locally on Your Alexa Skill

If you've created a Lambda function for you Alexa skill you can work in the AWS console but that's not the nicest experience, especially when you have a text editor configured exactly how you want it. Thankfully, it's simple to work locally and deploy.

April 18, 2020

Setting Up Your AWS Credentials

If you need to deploy anything to AWS you'll need set your credentials up on your machine. It's as simple as installing a package and doing a small amount of configuration.