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Build Talking Apps: Develop Voice-First Applications for Alexa, in beta

January 29, 2020


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Admit it. Ever since you first saw Star Trek you've wanted a computer you could talk to. And, as often happens with technology, what was once science fiction ends up getting implemented as a real tool.

You can get started today. Build Talking Apps: Develop Voice-First Applications for Alexa, is now in beta. Ready to take Alexa skill-building out for a spin? Come and get your copy from pragprog.com/book/cwalexa.

Build Talking Apps: Develop Voice-First Applications for Alexa

For decades, voice-enabled computers have only existed in the realm of science fiction. But now the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) lets you develop your own voice-first applications. Leverage ASK to create engaging and natural user interfaces for your applications, enabling them to listen to users and talk back. You'll see how to use voice and sound as first-class components of user-interface design.

We’ll start with the essentials of building Alexa voice applications, called skills, including useful tools for creating, testing, and deploying your skills. From there, you can define parameters and dialogs that will prompt users for input in a natural, conversational style.

Integrate your Alexa skills with Amazon services and other backend services to create a custom user experience. Discover how to tailor Alexa's voice and language to create more engaging responses and speak in the user's own language. Complement the voice-first experience with visual interfaces for users on screen-based devices. Add options for users to buy upgrades or other products from your application. Once all the pieces are in place, learn how to publish your Alexa skill for everyone to use.

Create the future of user interfaces using the Alexa Skills Kit today.

Now available in beta from pragprog.com/book/cwalexa.

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