Here is a recap of new posts for the week of May16th on the Amazon Developer Blog:
The Stanley Cup playoffs are underway—a perfect time to share the new Fantasy Scoreboards skill built by Macadamian, an international UX design and software development firm with offices in the U.S., Canada, Armenia, and Romania. Using the skill on NHL-connected Fantasy Scoreboards devices that are paired with an Amazon Echo or Fire TV, now Alexa can tell you the score of a specific game, what games are coming up, who played yesterday and even lets you set your favorite team. Here’s a demo of the skill in action.
When choosing your invocation name, remember that the name you provide should easily identify your skill’s capabilities, be memorable and be accurately recognized by Alexa herself. Note that the invocation name is only needed for custom skills. If you are using the Smart Home Skill API, users do not need to use an invocation name for the skill.
We announced our transition to a new developer forum platform. The forums can be found at forums.developer.amazon.com. You can choose from a variety of spaces including Alexa, General Android, Amazon Underground, Merch by Amazon, and Chinese and Japanese language support. In each space, we have built a knowledge base of frequently asked questions and have a team of global moderators available to help you out.
Testing your skill is a critical phase in skill development. We outlined the testing guidelines to ensure that your skill is set up for success when it goes through certification. Once you have completed this initial phase of testing, you may want to add a collection of developer accounts to allow other developers to test your skill on their devices before your skill goes live. These developers will then be able to use their own developer accounts and connected Alexa devices to perform user testing and provide feedback.
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