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October 23, 2019

Michael Griffiths

Having fresh and customized content goes a long way in keeping customers engaged with your skill. Using Amazon S3 like a relational database provides an easy way to include fresh and dynamic content in your skill.

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October 15, 2019

June Lee

Hear from Alexa Champion Steven Arkonovich about how he used sonic branding and “earcons” to help his skill, Big Sky, stand out.

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September 10, 2019

Lucun Cai

When a developer wants to link the Alexa back end to an external back end that requires authentication, account linking provides a secure way to do that. However, some skill types require the user to mutually link accounts so that skills can send proactive updates to the Alexa back end. Learn how.

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August 28, 2019

Sattwik Pati

If you’re hosting your Alexa skill on AWS Lambda, debugging can be time-consuming and require log parsing. In this blog post, we’ll demonstrate how you can speed up your development process by setting up a local debugging workflow with our provided scripts and other proxy solutions.

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August 19, 2019

Emma Martensson

How to Reduce Cognitive Load for Voice Design

Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) take up more mental resources than Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), because information is auditory and presented serially, whereas in a GUI information is visual and presented at once.

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August 13, 2019

Rebecca Evanhoe

Great Alexa skills depend on written prompts. This post covers five benchmarks your Alexa skill’s dialog should meet, and specific techniques for how you can get there.

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August 09, 2019

Pan Wangperawong

In this tutorial, we will go over how to integrate the Reminders API into your skill to actively extend its utility without requiring customers to launch your skill.

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July 31, 2019

Douglas De Araujo


In April, we announced new helpers in the Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Python that allow you to locally run, test, and debug your Alexa skill faster. This tutorial shows you how to set up a local Flask Server with a local DynamoDB instance for persistent storage and connect a debugger.

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July 12, 2019

Nahoko Hirabayashi

Since Alexa is available in multiple languages and countries, sometimes there can be some confusion about where skills are available.This blog will help you identify where your skill is published in the Alexa Skills Store and help ensure your customers are able to find your skill.

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July 11, 2019

Rebecca Evanhoe

When you're building an Alexa skill, careful dialog writing can subtly guide a customer toward their goal and away from errors. When your skill employs custom slots, you'll want to carefully consider how you word your prompts. It only takes a few tweaks to add a lot of clarity for your customers.

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