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John Kelvie

Alexa Dev Chat Podcast Interviews Bespoken

Discussing Tools to Build, Test, and Monitor Amazon Alexa Skills

By John Kelvie |
Alexa Dev Chat Podcast

It was a pleasure to appear on Alexa and Echo Chief Evangelist Dave Isbitski’s Podcast, Alexa Dev Chat (SoundCloud | iTunes). Bespoken came to Dave’s attention as part of the weekly Developer Office Hours for Alexa. I enjoyed coming on the podcast to discuss how Bespoken is helping Alexa developers more easily build and maintain skills and offer some tips on making the most of the platform.

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John Kelvie

Playlists for the Alexa AudioPlayer

The Super Simple AudioPlayer, Part 2

By John Kelvie |
Mixtape

We’ve added a new edition to our Super Simple Audioplayer project, which shows how to use the Audioplayer interface for the Alexa Skills Kit in the easiest way possible.

In this new edition, we demonstrate how to:
1) Navigate through tracks using the builtin Next and Previous intents
2) Queue up a next track to play automatically when the current one finishes

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Michael Myers

Introducing Logless

By Michael Myers |

If you already subscribe to this newsletter, you knew about Logless months ago when we sent you a link to our preview. During the time since, we have taken your initial feedback and also added some features we found helpful when building and supporting production skills. Today we are happy to formally introduce, Logless, a logging service for Alexa skills.

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John Kelvie

The Super Simple AudioPlayer

By John Kelvie |

We’ve created a new Github project, the Super Simple Audioplayer, showing how to use the Alexa Audioplayer in the easiest possible way.

The project has no code dependencies, uses no frameworks, and is meant to illustrate as simply and transparently as possible how the AudioPlayer works. We hope you find it useful!

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John Kelvie

Shakespeare and the Infinite Monkeys

Why the Bot UX Will Be Better

By John Kelvie |

No, the title is not a reference to a new rock band (or an old one - though it perhaps would have been a good alternative name for The Kinks). Instead, most are familiar with the infinite monkey theorem - that a limitless group of monkeys typing away in perpetuity would eventually replicate Shakespeare’s work.

Thinking about the future of bots, the theorem comes to mind, though with a twist: we can see the monkeys as a complement instead of a substitute to Shakespeare - Shakespeare is the central, guiding AI, the genius, while third-party developers and systems are the humble, hard-working *ahem* monkeys. Together, they can craft experiences that surpass what is achievable by either alone.

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