Amazon Alexa Development: From Beginner to Intermediate
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Amazon Alexa Development: From Beginner to Intermediate

Learn how to create and publish Alexa Skills, understand voice UI, and be comfortable with AWS and Alexa Skills Kit
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Ability to create multiple Alexa Skills related to Twitter, Wikipedia, Fitness Routines, Calculator, Sending Texts
  • Understand the basics of VUI design - Creating this skill will help you understand the basics of creating a working Voice User Interface (VUI)
  • You will learn by doing, and end up with a published Alexa skill
  • You will understand how to use AWS Lambda and Alexa Skills Kit
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  • Preliminary or zero understanding of java-script.
  • You will need either a Mac or PC.
  • You will need an Amazon Echo or use the site for Alexa Testing

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Have you ever wondered how Alexa Apps are made?

Why is Amazon and Google investing in voice technology?

A better question is why haven't you built an Alexa App yet.

If you ever wanted to understand the space of Voice Apps or build them yourself, then take my course "Amazon Alexa Development: From Beginner to Intermediate". I designed it in a practical way so that when you finish the content you can immediately put it into use with your Amazon Echo or online counterpart.

Now, why should you build Alexa Skills?

The biggest industries in technology are surrounded by AI, Bots, and Voice technology. Voice technology I believe will be the new 21st user interface that will not only understand basic commands, but will be so smart to understand anything you tell it. This is why Amazon is making a big bet with Alexa which it plans to generate close to $11 billion dollars by 2020. They know something about Amazon Echo which is why now is the best time to learn these skills before the mainstream starts developing applications. We all know the story about apps for the smartphones, this is the same thing. 

This course contains over 50 lectures and 1.5 hrs of content. It's designed for beginners to play with new platforms in the voice space. You’ll learn the tools needed to build the Alexa Skills, how Alexa Skills work, and publish a skill to Amazon's Alexa store. 

Course Structure

The course follows a familiar structure where in each video I will teach the concepts followed by a challenge or practice question. If your goal is to become a better developer, you should understand node.js, server side development and how to access certain APIs to build better Alexa Skills. The course does not go deep into understanding Node.js but you will understand the architecture and ability to publish apps for Alexa.

Environment Setup

This course aims to simulate a live in-person course as much as possible. After you finish each lecture, you should practice and try the solution on your own. You learn the best by practicing and doing. 


At the end of each section, you will be asked to complete the Alexa skill which you can then share with your network or on the Udemy network. 

Testimonials from other Techustler Courses and the Instructor

“Great set of videos Nick! I really liked the format of the videos with you in the corner of the screen showing us how to use the website. Cool songs you use at the beginning of each video. It really gives off the vibe that your course is hip and up-to-date with modern times. You do a great job of keeping of with the times. Stay modern, but classy at the same time Nick!” - Penelope

“Nicholas, very good course on bots! I especially enjoyed that you provided us the opportunity to build bots in a hands-on fashion. Your course sections are very organized and I didn't have to guess to know what I was getting myself into. It is clear you are very knowledgeable as an instructor and have a real connection to your course material. I look forward to taking another course with you!” - Rahul

"I love the natural progression in this course. You start with the basics and end with building a Facebook Chat Bot. Awesome! Thanks Nick!" - Doug

"Thank you so much Nicholas! The bot course was very informative and helpful for my learning. Keep up the good work!" - Christine

"It was a highly positive experience working alongside Nick at DigaBlue and with the work ethic he has, I am certain that he will produce great results in his future endeavors." - Saif

"Nick is an aspiring tech entrepreneur with what I would consider a strong passion and desire to learn more and excel in the evolving digital age. He is an experienced programmer with a track record of creating both his own website and various mechanical devices." - Elliot

"This is a really good intro course to building simple but useful bots. Nick breaks each lesson up thoughtfully and into parts that are easy to follow and implement straight away. With modern api's to make bots from simple to highly sophisticated, this course it great for learning all the moving parts. I feel more confident in designing, building and marketing a bot myself now!" - Jason

What is the target audience?

This course is designed for people with little or no experience in javascript which is needed to make Alexa skills. By the end of the course, you’ll have valuable skills that will help you be creative and resourceful in your pursuit of building products (hopefully in the voice space :)

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Who is the target audience?
  • First-time Alexa skills developers wanting to learn required steps involved in creating an Alexa skill
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Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
Starting up with Alexa
5 Lectures 17:16

Practice Questions: Command Statements

This course does not cover Node.js
First Alexa Skill - Hello World
10 Lectures 25:58
Hello World Introduction + Sample Files

Setting up your Amazon Web Services and Developer Accounts

Setting up the "Hello World" Lambda Function

Explaining the "Hello World" Lambda Function

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating the Intent Schema and Utterances

Testing "Hello World"

Configure Your Physical Alexa Device with your Developer Account

Challenge 1: "Welcome to Jurassic Park"

Challenge 1: Answer
Second Alexa Skill - Sending Text Messages with Twilio and Alexa
9 Lectures 27:55
Introduction + Sample Files

Setting Up your Twilio Account

Setting up the "Text Message" Lambda Function

Explaining the "Text Message" Lambda Function

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating the Intent Schema, Slots, and Utterances

Testing Text Messaging with Twilio

Text Message Challenge

Text Message Challenge Answer
Third Alexa Skill - Wiki Buff
5 Lectures 14:57
Introducing Wiki Buff + Sample File

Setting up the Lambda Function

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating Intent Schema and Utterances

Testing Wiki Buff
Fourth Alexa Skill - Twitter Trends
6 Lectures 13:55
Introduction to Twitter Trends + Sample File

Setting up the "Twitter Trends" Lambda Function

Setting up the Twitter Credentials

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating the Intent Schema and Utterances

Testing Twitter Trends
Fifth Alexa Skill - Calculator
8 Lectures 18:16
Introduction to Calculator + Sample File

Setting up the "Calculator" Lambda Function

Explaining the "Calculator" Lambda Function

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating Intents, Slots, Utterances

"Calculator" Testing

"Calculator" Challenge

"Calculator" Challenge Answered
Sixth Alexa Skill - Workout
9 Lectures 20:08
Introduction to Fitness Ten + Sample File

Setting up the "Fitness Ten" Lambda Function

Setting up the Amazon Developer Skill

Creating Intents, Slots, Utterances

Testing "Fitness Ten"

Publishing the "Fitness Ten" Skill

Fitness 10 Challenge

Final Project for the Course

About the Instructor
Nicholas "Techustler" Ivanecky
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I’m a product manager with 4 years of experience in both web and mobile products. I have worked on professional assistant mobile applications to local business advertising solutions on the web. Until recently, I led the product team for WeBeam, a professional networking tool focused on enhancing attendees’s experiences at events. In this role, I managed the development of WeBeam from idea to live product. I created user flow diagrams and PRDs, collaborated with marketing to develop the user-interface and worked alongside engineers during development, QA, and user testing. Successes included growing pre-launch signups 5% WoW, getting featured in 13 press articles like Product Hunt and LinkedIn Pulse, and driving traffic through AEO, Twitter Scripts, and Email Lists. Previous experience includes being a marketing associate at Digablue where I researched market needs, created messaging for the company’s website, and developed HTML email campaigns.

Outside of work, I enjoy developing iOS mobile applications with 4 currently in the App Store. I help my fellow product managers through my open source Open Product Management Repo that helps technical people learn the skills to become better PMs. More recently, I starting teaching frameworks I learned at my startup through the Techustler Brand on Udemy. Topics include growth hacking, building bots, creating communities, and marketing on Twitter and Instagram.

Specialties: Customer Development, Pitching, Prioritizing, KPIs, Agile Development, PRDs, QA, User Testing, Product Management Xcode, GitHub, BitBucket, HTML, CSS, Mobile iOS Development, watchOS, Swift, JSON, Firebase, Sketch, InvisionApp, Prototyping, A/B Testing, Usability Tests, Mixpanel, Google Analytics, Balsamiq