Amazon Alexa - Beyond the Basics

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Creating advanced Amazon Alexa skills requires a more sophisticated set of tools than the elementary ones described on Amazon's web site. In this course, Terren Peterson reveals the tools and processes employed by Alexa Champions. You'll gain experience designing advanced voice user interfaces, learn about the Speech Synthesis Markup Language, and explore ways to integrate third party APIs. You'll also pick up techniques for adding music and sound, discover how to use analytics to improve the performance of your skills over time, and learn how to add visuals to Amazon's Echo Show.

  • Understand the fundamentals of the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)
  • Discover different analytic techniques that track how audiences use Alexa skills
  • Pick up multiple methods for managing content (i.e., S3, external APIs, etc.)
  • Explore ways to add sounds and music to skills using tools such as Audacity
  • Learn how to render visuals onto the Amazon Echo Show touch screen display
  • Review the source code of advanced skills already published on Alexa

Terren Peterson is an Amazon Alexa Champion - the designation Amazon awards each year to just a handful of Alexa developers worldwide. He's created several chart-topping Alexa skills, such as "Hurricane Center", a skill providing tropical storm information based on NOAA data. A 20+ year technology veteran with multiple Amazon Web Services certifications, Terren is Head of Technology Infrastructure for Consumer Banking at Capital One, where he leads the bank's transition to cloud technologies.

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  • Title: Amazon Alexa - Beyond the Basics
  • Author(s): Terren Peterson
  • Release date: August 2017
  • Publisher(s): Infinite Skills
  • ISBN: 9781491993736