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Alexa Skills Development

In this Quest, you will learn how to create Alexa skills that respond to voice commands and which can be used on the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap devices. You will create back-end functions in AWS Lambda, and then connect them with voice response logic using the Alexa Skills Kit. You will use both the AWS Console and the Amazon Developer Portal in these labs, the latter requiring you to have or create a no-cost, no-credit-card-required account. No hardware device is required for any lab; an Alexa voice response simulation system is provided in the Amazon Developer Portal. Templates used in these labs can be adapted and extended to create your own Alexa skills and offer them to the worldwide Alexa user community.

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Serverless Design with AWS Lambda

In this Quest, you will learn how to write functions with the AWS Lambda Service that respond to events and integrate other AWS Services. You will create applications that write records to Amazon DynamoDB, send messages with Amazon SNS, and monitor events in Amazon CloudWatch and external services. You will even write a back-end function in Lambda for creating a voice-response app for Alexa and the Amazon Echo.

Hands-On Lab

Build an AWS Lambda Function for an Alexa Skill (Amazon Echo)

In this lab, you will create an example Alexa skill. You will then use a blueprint to build an AWS Lambda Function to execute the skill. You will use both the AWS Console and the Amazon Developer Portal in this lab. You will test your function in the Lambda console by sending it JSON requests, and you will test your example skill in the Amazon Developer Portal. You do not need an Alexa device for this lab. The Developer Portal provides testing tools that work in a browser. Prerequisites: To successfully complete this lab, you should be familiar with AWS Lambda through taking the introductory lab. Python and JSON programming are required, although full solution code is provided. You will need to have/create a no-cost, no-credit-card-required account in the Amazon Developer Portal. Familiarity with the Amazon Developer Portal and the Alexa Skills Kit is helpful, though not required. You do not need an Alexa device for this lab.

Hands-On Lab

Deployment Manager - Adding Load Balancing

In this lab you will package and deploy a more advanced load balancing and autoscaling version of the Echo service. The infrastructure that Deployment Manager templates will create places Echo

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