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Build Your Own Alexa Skill in NetsBlox

Build Your Own Alexa Skill in NetsBlox

These slides accompanied a workshop about building Alexa skills in NetsBlox at SnapCon 2021.

Brian Broll

July 31, 2021

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  1. Institute for Software Integrated Systems Vanderbilt University Build Your Own

    Alexa Skill in NetsBlox Brian Broll and Tabitha Lee [email protected]
  2. Before we start... 2

  3. Brief Intro to NetsBlox ▪ NetsBlox is an extension of

    Snap! which provides many new features such as: ▪ Networking Capabilities ▪ Undo Capabilities ▪ Collaborative Editing ▪ Shared Projects ▪ Sharing libraries ▪ and more! ▪ One of the new networking concepts is Remote Procedure Calls which enables users to invoke code implemented remotely. Examples include: ▪ Google Maps ▪ Cloud Variables ▪ Alexa 3
  4. Motivation ▪ Smart devices and voice assistants have become ubiquitous

    ▪ Creating voice assistants can make programming more relevant and engaging ▪ Let’s make it possible in a familiar blocks-based programming environment! 4 Documentation is available at https://editor.netsblox.org/docs/services/Alexa/index.html
  5. Overview ▪ Login to Amazon and make sure we are

    using a developer account ▪ Login to Amazon from NetsBlox ▪ Install Amazon Alexa on our phone (for testing!) ▪ Start creating Alexa skills! 5
  6. Hands-on Activities! 6

  7. Questions? 7