A short two years ago, I talked about "Bots, Amazon Echo, language user interfaces in general" the slides are still available and the code is of course still in GitHub. However, much has changed and fortunately for the better!
I still belief that Java is a very suitable language to build Alexa Skills and even if you are eventually going to host your skill in EC2 or as an AWS Lambda function, during development, Tomcat is your friend. Running and debugging your skill right on your laptop offers tremendous advantages during the development process. So lets talk about how to develop an Alexa Skill using Java and the latest Alexa Skill Kit for Java. We wil be using Java/Tomcat installed on a Laptop as our hosting platform, quickly put an SLL Cert in place, and develop an Alexa Skill.