Best Alexa Development Courses

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The Complete Alexa Skill Development Bootcamp

Learn to Build your Own Custom Alexa Skill using Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Publish them to the Alexa Skill Store.

Created by Rudra Jikadra - iOS Developer | Programmer | Teacher

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Students: 10422, Price: $109.99

Students: 10422, Price:  Paid

Welcome to The Complete Alexa Skill Development Bootcamp where we aim to start learning about How to create Custom Alexa Skills from SCRATCH !!

Do you ever wanted to create your Own Custom Alexa Skill but didn't know where to begin? Want to learn how to create an Alexa Skill in the very simplest way? You have come to the right place. This course is designed for complete beginners who have no experience of programming or Developing Alexa Skill.

Alexa is a Smart Virtual Assistant build by Amazon and currently there are more than 100 Million users using Alexa Powered Devices for Day to Day activities, Home Automation, Searching and Playing Music, Directions, Traffic and Transport, Booking Rides, Booking Tables for Dinner, Games, Friends and Family Trivia, Roasting, Flash Briefings, Education, News, Match Scores, Lifestyle, Weather, Controlling Home Devices like LED, Webcam, Servomotor, temperature sensor and much more.

And it is projected that, soon there will be more than 100 Million Smart Phone Users using Smart Speaker everyday. One in every 6 American Owns a Smart speaker in their home. And Alexa is Leading the Market of Smart Speaker with its Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Fire TV Stick Devices.

So with the increase in Market, the Demand Increases for new and Innovative Alexa Skills, thats where Alexa Developers show their Talents of creating amazing Skills for Alexa. And because of the same reason why we will be learning how to create alexa skills and publishing them to Alexa Skill Store. We are in the near future of a world with complete Voice User Interface (VUI) like we have seen in the movie iRobot or J.A.R.V.I.S from Iron Man.

Why take this course?

As this is the perfect time to learn about Alexa Skill Development. Soon there will be lot of demand for Alexa Skill Developers as more and more companies wants to add Alexa voice service to their products and services. You can even use Alexa in your custom build device using Arduino, Raspberry pi, or any other device.

This Complete Alexa Skill Development Bootcamp teaches you the required skills you need to become an Alexa Skill Developer. This course covers most features of Alexa Skills with real-world example Skills which we will Publish it to Skill Store and that Live Skill you can try out on your Alexa Echo Device or Alexa Mobile App.

By the end of this course, you will be well versed with:

  • Fundamentals of Amazon Alexa Skill Development.

  • Know your way around Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Developer Console.

  • Understand deeply about Invocation Name, Intents, Sample Utterances, Endpoints, AWS Alexa Lambda Function, etc of an Alexa Skill.

  • Learn about what are Slots and Slot Types (Custom and Pre-defined Slot Types) and how to use them in your Skill.

  • Create Multi-Turned Dialogs with Alexa and User using Dialog Directive.

  • Store User Data in Session using State Management.

  • Know what are Blueprints for Alexa Skill and use one to create a Flash Briefing Skill.

  • Certify and Publish your Skill in Amazon US, UK, India, Australia and Germany Skill Store.

This Course Focuses on:

Walkthrough around Alexa Skills Developer Console - Create a Amazon Developer Account for Alexa Skill Development and understand how Developer Console Works.

Create a User Introduction Alexa Skill - Create a simple User Introduction Skill using Custom Intent and Handle that intent in Alexa's AWS (Amazon Web Services) Lambda Function using NodeJS (You don't need NodeJS Programming knowledge). Test your skill in Alexa Device or Mobile App or Alexa Web Simulator.

Using Slots - Learn about What are Slots and how to create and use Custom as well as Pre-defined slot types in your Alexa Skill.

Dialog Management using Dialog Directive - In this section, we will learn how to use Dialog Directive to have Multi-Turn dialogs with Alexa. This helps Alexa to get more information from the user so Alexa can fill in all the required slots in your skill.

State Management in Alexa - Learn about State Management and how to save user data in a Session and use that saved data in session for different intent of your skill.

Create a Geographical Facts Skill - This section we create a Geographical Fact Skill which when activated Alexa will speak out a new random fact about geography. And then we will publish this skill to Alexa Skill Store.

Flash Briefing Skill using Blueprints - Know about Alexa Skill Blueprints and use one to create a Flash Briefing Skill about Inspirational Quotes using Custom Hosted RSS Text or Audio (Podcast) Feed.

To get the most out of this class, build skills along with me or after completing the video create a skill by yourself and test out your skill. And do play around with the skill you create, try new things to know how it works. If you get stuck anywhere, don't worry you can search for the solutions to the errors online and I am sure you will find a solution. And I am always here to help you out.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get Started Right Now and Create Amazing Alexa Skills!

Practical Hands-on Guide for Alexa Skill Development (2020)

Rapidly build & deploy Virtual Personal Assistants using Alexa Custom Skills; Master Conversational/Voice User Interface

Created by Vivek Kapoor - Technology Evangelist and System Integrator

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Students: 3911, Price: $129.99

Students: 3911, Price:  Paid

Get Meta & Practical Knowledge on Building Voice Interfaces (VUIs) / Conversational Interfaces

Suitable for Beginners & Power Users

  • Developers

  • Project Managers

  • Marketer

Course Highlights

  • Get an understanding of Lambda, Lex, Polly, S3 & more

  • Utilize Alexa Skills Kit v2 using Node.js 10.x

  • Build an Introductory Skill (for Reading out Quotes)

  • Create an Advanced Skill using Third Party APIs (Google Maps)

  • Get the fundamental understanding of how all pieces fit together and how a Virtual Personal Assistant works

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Why this course?

There is a shift happening in the way we as a species communicate with machines. With the advent of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana, the focus on Voice User Interfaces or Voice Activated Conversational Interfaces is rapidly increasing.

This ever changing world presents a threat to the way we operate, especially when we do not understand it. A more AI aware world might be years away, but if we learn how to talk to and control the machines then we grow collectively.

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The "Real" Goal for this course

Yes, Amazon Alexa and similar voice activated interfaces look and sound pretty cool. You can use the extensive documentation available with each interface to build out the skills.

However, just learning the syntax of a particular system is not enough. To mature as an individual, you need to gain the foundational skills on how these interfaces operate, and be technology agnostic when it comes to building these conversational interfaces.

The real goal of this course is to get you competent enough to understand the complexities that go behind designing and creating the voice user interfaces, so that you can immediately assess how different pieces of the puzzle fit together.

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Practical Implementation of the Real Goal

No matter how much of the fundamental knowledge you have, if you are unable to put it to practice, then usually it is of no real value.

This course not only focuses on getting you ahead of others in understanding how a voice user interface works, but helps you build your very own uber cool personal assistant using Amazon Alexa, that can do what you can make it do.

Building a personal assistant using Alexa Custom Skills is just one of the techniques, and you will learn very soon that you can design a variety of interfaces through the knowledge that you gain.

Amazon has always been ahead of the game in terms of building voice interfaces, and you will be able to understand how you can leverage what Amazon has to offer to get you to communicate with machines effectively.

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What will you learn?

By using Amazon Alexa, and building a Voice Activated Personal Assistant, you will gain the following:

  1. Understand what is Amazon Alexa and its ecosystem

  2. What are Voice Interaction Models, and how they can help you build a better and reliable voice interface

  3. Know the technologies that work behind a voice activated interface

  4. Use Amazon Services such as Lambda, S3, CloudWatch, & IAM and how they interact with each other

  5. Deconstruct an Alexa Skill, and get clarity on what are Intents, Slots, and Utterances

  6. Develop with Node.js 10.x and Alexa Skills Kit SDK v2 to build a personal assistant that responds to your queries

  7. Connect with Third Party APIs and process information, use asynchronous requests, promises, and await expressions in async functions

  8. Maintain data persistence within an Active Alexa Session

  9. Introduce errors, and Test Alexa Skills through 4 different modes including simulators and physical devices

  10. Leverage the Amazon Web Services to build a Consistently Reliable Architecture

You will get a complete checklist on what all you will be achieving, with code that is available on GitHub for easy access. The lectures will have links, files, and diagrams attached to them wherever relevant.

Even if you do not have the knowledge of Node.js, you will be able to fundamentally understand how you can build custom skills, and implement it in your own preferred language.

The sooner you get into building the voice interfaces, the faster you will be able to mould the machines to your liking.

Enroll Now, and begin to shape the brand new voice activated world!

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

Created by Nicholas "Techustler" Ivanecky - Product Manager at Adobe

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Students: 3293, Price: $89.99

Students: 3293, Price:  Paid

Update: Join over 8,200 students in the Techustler Course Series. You don’t want to miss this learning opportunity. 

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. 

Projects

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 :)

Next Steps

Now it's time to become a Techustler and join me in registering for the course. I can’t wait to have you on board!

Step by Step Alexa Skill Development

Learn to customize Alexa by building custom Alexa Skills.

Created by Venkatesh Varadachari - Founder, MAKERDEMY

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Students: 606, Price: $89.99

Students: 606, Price:  Paid

October 2020 Update

  • Added a Bill Of Materials PDF and an Update Video

Hello learners, this is a beginner level course on Alexa Skills Development, step by step following the course you will be all set to develop your own Alexa Skills and customize Alexa in your own way. 

The course takes off with the devices that are equipped with Alexa and also the instructions for setting up those devices. Next to that, the famous Raspberry Pi device is equipped with Alexa by bringing the Alexa Voice Service into it. Then the course moves on to building custom skills, a very basic custom skill development will be done in the usual long way to let you know the complete processing required to develop one, later the same basic skill will be again implemented using the Alexa Skills Kit Skill Development Kit. Then some more custom skills will be developed exploring AWS DynamoDB and AWS S3 using the same SDK. 

The course gives clear instructions on how to install required software to control the Raspberry Pi devices using Alexa Skills. Next to that, Alexa Skills to control LED, Servomotor, Webcam and temperature sensor connected with Raspberry Pi will be developed. The course also gives detailed explanation of all the coding involved in developing Alexa Skills through simple coding snippets.

The course has few projects that can help you to practice and master the concepts by yourself. While doing your projects and going through the course, you can feel free to ask your doubts on the Udemy discussion forum. You will get a response within one working day. Thank you and have a nice time learning.

Alexa Skills Kit: Practical Chatbot Development

Develop practical Alexa Skills using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). Interacting with DynamoDB and other AWS Services.

Created by Nathan Glover - Full Stack Software Engineer & Technology Enthusiast

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Students: 142, Price: $89.99

Students: 142, Price:  Paid

AWS Alexa, Google Home and other voice assistant devices are becoming more and more common in our interconnected world. The tech landscape rewards developers who are on the leading edge of new trends, and Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is one of the most supported and recognised methods of developing consumer and commercial chatbots.

This course is written with the very latest and best development standards in mind. You'll learn a number of key things that will help you succeed in this fast moving field of technology.

  • Alexa Skill Creation (UI) - We'll develop an understanding of how Alexa Skills can be created and managed via the web interface

  • Ask Skills Kit (CLI) - Once we have a firm understanding, we'll write our Skills entirely as code and deploy them using ONE command!

  • DynamoDB - Data will be stored and retrieved from an instance of DynamoDB that we'll create and manage from code as well.

  • DynamoDB Persistence - Using the DynamoDB persistence adaptor in Alexa Skill Kit we'll save and retrieve user attributes to manage state between the Alexa skill life-cycle

All this plus most importantly you will develop best practices and have a number of perfect example applications by the end of the course that you can use as a reference for future projects.