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April 13, 2018Memo Doring
The Alexa developer evangelist team uses Twitch to bring you live streaming sessions on all things voice. We do live skill building, dig into voice design concepts, and answer questions from the community. Our Twitch channel is a great place to interact with our evangelists and other skill builders.
Here’s a quick recap of what we've been up to on Twitch. If you want to get an alert every time we go live, follow our channel, twitch.tv/amazonalexa, and keep notifications on.
We've hosted two new streams since we launched the new Java SDK. In the first one, we covered how to get started. We showed how to work with Maven from the command line, as well as setting up an IDE. We also built and deployed a "Hello World" Alexa skill. In the second session, our team's Java expert Cami Williams did a deep dive on the new quiz game tutorial. Cami covered several of the new SDK features like request processing and response building.
Paul Cutsinger also joined me to start Live Coding "Water Check," a skill to help us track our water intake. This skill we will be focused on streak tracking, so we are persisting data using Amazon Dynamo DB. In the second session, I focused on getting the core functionality fleshed out. Finally, Paul and I added a welcome screen to the skill using Display Directives. We will continue to live code this skill on Twitch in the coming weeks.
We were also happy to have Jeff Blankenburg’s weekly stream "The Joy of Voice" as part of our stream. Jeff will be showing off his voice-design skills during his weekly streams. He'll implement advanced voice user interface (VUI) features and build a fully-featured skill over the next eight weeks. Check out the first and second episodes to get up-to-speed on his skill-building journey.
Last, I kicked off our “Meet the Dev” series with an interview with Vasili Shynkarenka, CEO of Storyline. He shared a demo of Storyline, his online conversation editor, and we discussed how non-coders can get started developing Alexa skills using the tool.
You can find Alexa evangelists on Twitch every week at twitch.tv/amazonalexa. Follow our channel to get notifications every time we stream. You can also tune in to our Office Hours on Tuesdays. During these weekly one-hour sessions our rotating cast of Alexa evangelists and solution architects are available to answer questions from skill builders in the community. We look forward to meeting you on Twitch!