We are excited to announce that skill developers can use new Quick Start Templates in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Developer Console to accelerate skill development for popular skill samples. The templates include a fully configured voice interaction model, and connection to a default backend service for interaction model testing. You can use the templates as-is to learn about voice interaction models, and can modify and use them in your own Alexa skills. Quick Start Templates are available for all English locales supported by the Alexa Skills Kit, with additional language support coming soon.
Easily Build a Skill Based on our Most Popular Samples
To build an Alexa skill using the Custom Skill API, you design a voice interaction model in the ASK Developer Console, and then you connect the interaction model to a backend service that you implement in AWS Lambda or on the HTTPS endpoint of your choice. We provide step-by-step tutorials to show you how to build the interaction model and the backend for several sample skills.
Quick Start Templates make it easier to execute the steps in the tutorials, and allow you to test and refine your voice interaction model based on the sample before you even start on the backend service. When you choose a Quick Start Template, we automatically create a voice interaction model based on the associated tutorial for you. We also connect your skill to a default backend lambda function that you can use for prototyping and testing your interaction model. When using the default lambda, Alexa will respond to any voice input with the name of the intent, and any associated slots and slot values. The default lambda also lets you try any dialogs and prompts you have configured in the skill builder. Once you complete your voice interaction model testing, you can replace the default lambda function with your own backend service, based on our tutorial sample code available on GitHub or designed from scratch.
Build Using a Quick Start Template Today
Templates are available today for the Fact Skill Sample, Quiz Game Sample and the High Low Game Sample in all English locales. You can try one now by logging into the ASK Developer Console and creating a new skill. Learn more in our documentation.
Source: Alexa Developer Blog