How To Create An Alexa Skill?
- Randall Mullins
Step 3: Greet the User – The first thing a user does with your skill it opening it. The intent, which opens the skill is already implemented in the sample code and does not need to be added anymore.
- Open the Code tab → The code window with the index.js file opens Every intent handler has two functions
The canHandle() function includes the request, the handler responds to. The handle() function sends a response to the user. If a skill receives a request, the canHandle() function of every intent handler is called and checks, if it can send a response to that request.
- In the handle() function of the LaunchRequestHandler delete the whole code and paste the following afterwards: const speakOutput = ‘Welcome to Funny German Words. Find out what funny words the german language has to offer and what they mean. Do you want to hear a funny word?’; const repromptText = ‘Do you want to hear a funny german word?’; return handlerInput.responseBuilder,speak(speakOutput),reprompt(repromptText),getResponse();
- Click on Save and Deploy,
The help intent handler needs to be changed to match with the skill. Delete the code of the handle() function and insert this: const speakOutput = ‘Find out what funny words the german language has to offer and what they mean. Do you want to hear a funny word?’; const repromptText = ‘Do you want to hear a funny german word?’; return handlerInput.responseBuilder,speak(speakOutput),reprompt(repromptText),getResponse(); After finishing that click Save and Deploy,
How do I publish my Alexa skill?
Version your skill and submit an optional version message – Skill versioning captures a snapshot of your skill and each of its sub-resources when it’s submitted for certification. You can add a version message and manage the different skills that you publish by viewing the history of your skill versions.
- To help identify a skill version, you provide a version message with every submission of your skill.
- You can then use this message along with the submission time to orient yourself to the appropriate version.
- The skill rollback feature depends on skill versioning.
- Tracking the versions of a skill allows you to accurately rollback to the appropriate snapshot.
To add an optional version message with the developer console
- Sign in to the ASK developer console,
- Select the Certification tab for the skill that’s ready for review.
- Select the Submission tab.
- Select your Publishing preference :
- Certify and publish now, After the skill passes the certification review, Amazon starts the process of publishing the skill to the Alexa Skills Store.
- Certify now and Publish Later, After the skill passes the certification review, the skill moves to a Certified status. You can then choose when to start the process of publishing the skill to the Alexa Skills Store.
- Enter a version message in the Version message box.
- Click Submit for review,
You can also add a version message to your skill with the submit-skill-for-certification CLI command. The developer console:
- Manage Skills in the Developer Console
- Create a Skill and Choose the Interaction Model
- Build Your Skill
- Test Your Skill
- Define Skill Store Details and Availability
- View Skill Usage Analytics
- View Your Payments and Earnings
What language are Alexa skills written in?
Build your skill – Build a skill that can accept requests from the Alexa service and send back the appropriate responses based on the skill type and voice interaction model. For details about skill development for each model, see Build Your Skill, To build a skill by using one of the pre-built voice interaction models, you need the following resources:
An Internet-accessible endpoint for hosting your cloud-based service. Provision your skill on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda using your personal AWS resources. You need an AWS account in addition to your Amazon developer account. Most skill types that use the pre-built voice interaction model must use AWS Lambda. A development environment appropriate for the programming language you plan to use to code your skill. You can author a Lambda function in Node.js, Java, Python, C#, Go, Ruby, or PowerShell.
To build a skill with a custom voice interaction model, you need:
An Internet-accessible endpoint for hosting your cloud-based service. ASK provides the Alexa-hosted option for custom skills to build, store, and host your skill and skill resources on AWS. Use this option to get started building skills quickly. Another option is to provision your own backend resources on AWS. You can host your skill as an AWS Lambda function by using your personal AWS resources. Or, you can build and host your custom skill as an HTTPS web service, A development environment appropriate for the programming language you plan to use to code your skill. You can author a Lambda function in Node.js, Java, Python, C#, Go, Ruby, or PowerShell. You can author a web service in any language appropriate for web services. If you choose the Alexa-hosted skill option, you write your code in Node.js and Python.
How long does Alexa skill review take?
Alexa Blueprints ^ ^ ### Publish your skill to the Alexa Skills Store – You can publish your skills created using Alexa Skill Blueprints to the (https://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#skills) in the US for customers to discover, use, and review. Unlike sharing, where only people with access to your shared link can use your skill, when you publish your skill anyone can discover and use your skill from the Alexa Skills Store.
- Once your skill is published, customers can review and rate your skill up to 5 stars like any other skill on the Alexa Skills Store.
- Understanding the publication review process Once you’ve tested your skill and determined it’s ready to publish, you’ll need to set up the Alexa Skills Store name, opening phrase, and other skill details to pass the review process.
All skills submitted for publication to the Alexa Skills Store are reviewed by Amazon and must adhere to the (/help/terms?page=content-guidelines) before the skills can be published. The review process can take 1 to 2 business days. **Note**: Once you submit your skill for publication, you cannot edit it.
However, if you have not submitted your skill for review you can cancel publishing it at any time. To edit your skill once you submit it for review, you will need to withdraw your submission, edit your skill, and then resubmit it for review. ^ ^ #### How to publish your skill Go to the **Skills You’ve Made** page and select the skill you want to publish.
Choose **Publish to Skills Store** in your menu options. If your skill is Shared, you will need to revoke sharing to be able to publish. #### Set the opening phrase and skill name Enter in your **Alexa Skills Store name**, which will be displayed to customers on the Alexa Skills Store to help them discover your skill.
- The skill name can be different than the **Opening phrase**, which customers will use to open and use your skill.
- After you’ve set the opening phrase and Alexa Skills Store name, you’ll need to fill in the **Created by** field with your name or company name.
- One-word names or brand names require documentation from you demonstrating that you are the owner of the brand or have rights to use it.
Amazon will review this information before publication. (/help/frequently-asked-questions#branddocument) ^ ^ **Opening phrase** Customers launch your skill using an opening phrase that is simple to use and remember. Your opening phrase can be different than the name you choose for your skill in the Alexa Skills Store.
- When setting the opening phrase for your skill, you’ll need to adhere to the following rules to get the skill approved and published: – Don’t use a one‐word opening phrase, unless it is a brand.
- You’ll need to provide documentation demonstrating that you are the owner of the brand or have rights to use it when submitting your skill for review.
(/help/frequently-asked-questions#branddocument) – Avoid using names of people or places, for example, “molly” or “seattle”, unless the opening phrase contains other words in addition to the name. For example, “molly’s horoscope”. – Avoid spelling out letters phonetically in your opening phrase.
Simply include periods after each letter to indicate to Alexa that it’s an abbreviation. For example, a skill titled “USC Trivia” would need “USC” represented as “u.s.c.” and not “you ess see”. – Choose an opening phrase that is easy to pronounce correctly and is phonetically distinct to avoid being misinterpreted as other similar sounding words.
– Don’t use an opening phrase that might clash with existing Alexa features such as: What’s the Weather, Set a reminder etc. For example, if your opening phrase is too similar to the built‐in “weather” command, Alexa may respond with the weather instead of launching your skill.
Make sure to test your opening phrase to avoid any overlap with built‐in features. **Note**: Always test your opening phrase to make sure your skill launches successfully. Once your skill is published to the Alexa Skills Store, you cannot edit or change the opening phrase for your skill. Once you’ve tested your new opening phrase as well as set your Alexa Skills Store and Created by names, choose the **Next: Details** button to proceed to the next step.
^ ^ **Adding your Skill Details for the Alexa Skill Store** 1. The **Category** is based off of the original blueprint used to make your skill. Categories help customers search and find your skill in the Alexa Skills Store. You can use the pre-selected category or choose a different one that best represents your skill.2.
You can also add **Keywords** that relate to or describe your skill to further help customers find your skill quickly and easily.3. You’ll need to add a **Skill Icon**, which you can make using the **Icon Creator** or upload your own,png or,jpeg with a 1:1 ratio.4. Provide a **Short description** of your skill.
This is a quick sentence that describes your skill and what customers can do with it.5. You’ll also need to provide a **Detailed description**. This outlines everything that your skill can do, what actions a user can take, and what customers should expect from your skill.6.
Once you’re done adding your Category, Keywords, Skill Icon, Short and Detailed Descriptions, choose the **Next: Policy** button to continue. ^ ^ **Fill out the Policy details for your skill** You’ll need to answer a few questions about your skill content and its intended audience. Any skills you publish will only be available to customers in the US at this time.
- Once you’ve completed the Policy details, choose the **Next: Review** button.
^ ^ #### What to expect after you submit a skill for publishing After you submit a skill for publication, you’ll see a notification on the skill’s detail page letting you know that **Your skill is in review**. You will also receive updates by email on the status of your skill.
Once your skill is reviewed, you will receive an email and a notification on the skill’s detail page that your skill was **Approved** or **Rejected**. If your skill was rejected, the email will outline what went wrong and steps you can take to edit and resubmit your skill. You can also review the (/help/terms?page=content-guidelines) for details on appropriate content for the Alexa Skills Store.
Once your skill is published, you will be notified on the skill’s detail page that **Your skill is live**. You can view your skill in the Alexa Skills Store. From the Alexa Skills Store, you have the option to **Share** your skill, which gives you a link to your skill in the Alexa Skills Store that you can share with others via email, social media, or on your own website.
^ ^ #### Withdraw or Edit your skill Once your skill is in the review process, you won’t be able to edit any of the skill content. You’ll have to withdraw your skill from publication first, edit your skill, then resubmit it for review. To withdraw your skill, select the **Withdraw Submission** button in your menu options.
After your skill is published, you’ll have the option to **Edit your skill** in your menu options. If you want to change aspects of your skill, select **Edit** to change your content and resubmit it for review. This lets customers currently using your skill to still have access to it and get updates once your edits are approved and published.
- Remove your skill from the Alexa Skills Store If your skill is live in the Alexa Skills Store and you no longer want others to access it, you will need to remove it from the Alexa Skills Store.
- Once it is removed, anyone who used the skill will not be able to access it.
- The skill will then be set to **Private** so only you can use it.
You can always go through the publishing process again if you wish to have it in the Alexa Skills Store at a later date. To remove your skill, select the **Remove from Store** button in your menu options. You will see a pop-up message that will ask you if you want to remove your skill.
Can you set up an Alexa device without an app?
How to Connect Alexa to a New WiFi Network Without the App – To connect Alexa to a new WiFi network without the app, go to alexa.amazon.com and sign in. Then click Settings > Set up a new device and select your device. Next, put your device in pairing mode and connect to its WiFi network. Finally, choose your new network and enter your password.
Open a web browser and go to alexa.amazon.com, You can do this using Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or any other browser. Then log in to your Amazon account. Enter your Amazon username and password. If you don’t have an Amazon account, click the Create a New Amazon Account button at the bottom of the window. Next, click Settings, You will see this in the left sidebar of the window. If you don’t see this option, expand your browser window or zoom out on the page. Then select Set up a new device, Next, select the kind of Alexa device you want to connect to a new WiFi network. You can see more options by scrolling down. Then click Continue, Next, plug your Alexa device into a power source. Then wait for the ring light to turn orange. Note: If you don’t see your device’s light ring turn orange, select Don’t see the orange light ring? Then you will see which button you have to push on your device. In most cases, you will need to press and hold the action button with the dot in the middle on the top of your Echo device. Next, connect to a network with the format Amazon-XXX. Without closing your browser, go to your computer or phone’s WiFi networks. If you’re using a Windows10 computer to set up Alexa, you can click the WiFi icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen. If you’re using a Mac, you can find the WiFi icon in the upper right area of the screen. And, if you’re using a phone or a tablet, just go to Settings > WiFi, Then you should see the network listed among all your available WiFi networks. Go back to your browser and click Continue, Once you have connected to your WiFi network, you will see a window that says, “Your computer is connected” to your Alexa device. Then select the WiFi network you want to connect Alexa to. If you choose a previously saved network, you can skip the next step. Next, enter your WiFi password and click Connect, Finally, wait for your Alexa device to connect to the new WiFi network. Once you are done, you can test the connection by asking Alexa a question. For example, you can say, “Alexa, what’s the weather like tomorrow?”
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How do I create a custom question on Alexa?
Create Custom Q&A – To start, you can create questions and answers through the Alexa app on your mobile device or on an Amazon Alexa webpage. From the app, tap More > See More > Blueprints, or open the Amazon Blueprints page (Opens in a new window), You can then select the Custom Q&A option. The Custom Q&A screen displays a couple of examples, explains how to create a Q&A, and how to use one. To hear a sample of a custom Q&A, tap the Play button. You can select the Make Your Own button to create your own Q&A. From here, type your first question in the When you say: Alexa field. You can also include other ways to ask the question. Then type the answer Alexa will give in the Alexa will say field. Move down the screen to enter a new question and answer in the next section. You can enter as many as seven custom questions and answers. When done, move back to the top of the screen and choose the Update Skill button. Alexa will then save your Q&A skill.