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Alexa Skills: Alexa Developer Tips

Amazon has now released a skill just for Alexa developers.  Called “Dev Tips,” the new skill allows those working on skill building the ability to query their devices directly for help with functions, API calls, etc.

Where to get it: You can locate the Dev Tips Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Dev Tips

I can tell you, this would have been a valuable tool during our recent Alexa Hackathon at IT/Dev Connections 2017. We instructed our Hackathon teams this year to product an Alexa skill that could read Windows Server logs and notify on potential security issues. Watch below what the teams were able to produce in less than 48 hours.  I’m sure the Dev Tips skill would’ve either allowed them to get further along or work quicker.

We’ll be hosting another Alexa Hackathon for the 2018 conference. Join us in Dallas, October 15-18, 2018! We’re already considering tying Dallas, BBQ, and Alexa together for a very unique new skill. Registration will open soon at:

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with

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A community professional, keynoter, and evangelist who has driven social media and marketing strategies, editorial successes, delivered customer successes and built some of the largest and longest-running online communities. Rod has created, managed and grown small, medium, and mega-sized conferences; run entire editorial teams to deliver record traffic and market leadership; as product manager, directed the success of hundreds of product releases; supported sales and marketing to ensure customer success; developed, run and sold businesses; written thousands of technical articles, white papers, case studies, and technical documentation; hosted and delivered hundreds of attendance shattering webinars and virtual tradeshows; and delivered keynote speeches and sessions at a wide variety of events including conferences, webinars, events, and user groups.

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