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Free Alexa Coding Courses from Codecademy

Amazon has been working to produce several partnerships over the past few months to give interested developers the tools they need to get started developing for Alexa – Amazon’s voice AI.

The most recent is a set of courses from Codecademy:

  • Build Your First Alexa Skill: Learn how to create a voice-user interface using the Alexa Skills Kit. The result is a simple “Hello Codecademy” Alexa skill that you can engage with on your own Alexa-powered device.
  • Create Your Lambda Function: Learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a Lambda function that generates a response to an Alexa device.


The company also promises that a couple more are on their way…

  • Get User Input (Coming Soon): Use custom and built-in slots to allow your skill to get input from users.
  • Add Persistence to Your Skill (Coming Soon): Persist your session attributes using DynamoDB throughout and across sessions.


If you’re attending IT/Dev Connections 2017 in a few weeks, you might want to give these courses the once over. IT/Dev Connections 2017 is hosting a Hack-a-thon this year in an effort to develop the first-ever Enterprise IT Alexa skill.

Introducing the First-ever IT/Dev Connections Hack-a-thon


Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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