You’ve seen the Life Coach. That was my second Alexa project. The one I used to learn the platform.
I began with Amazon’s quick start tutorial (update August 2019: broken link to quick start removed, the AWS tutorials have evolved since this article was written), but I didn’t like
the alexa-skills-kit-color-expert-python example code. It feels like a spaghetti-nest and is more complicated than it needs to be for a quick start (it’s 200 lines, the Life Coach is 40).
Hoping to make the intro process smoother for you, I’ve turned the Life Coach into my own quick start for Alexa. It gives you an example that’s simple but still has the tools you need to do your own development. Essential things like error log capturing and scripts to build and publish code updates that aren’t included in the Amazon guide.
Especially without Ops or AWS background, setting up AWS well enough that you don’t want to pull out your hair can be harder than writing your first skill. I’ve included automation to handle the infrastructure. You can skip that and just use the Life Coach code if you’d rather.
I’ve also included the better lambda packaging practices from my previous post.
Hopefully this makes your Alexa journey easier. Check it out!
Talk to you soon,