Building an Alexa Skill without using the SDK

Amazon has written a “Hello World” example for building an Alexa Skill. At first glance, it looks like just what you need to get into Alexa Skills development because it’s short and clear. But take a second look and you’ll notice it requires an external dependency. It brings in the alexa-sdk npm package. I’ll show that not only don’t you need the alexa-sdk to teach Alexa a Skill but you might actually be better off without it. var Alexa = require(‘alexa-sdk’); The alexa-sdk claims to let you “focus on your skill’s logic instead of boilerplate code.” But it’s exactly this… [Continue Reading]


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Dev-Books Is a Massive Collection of the Most Recommended Coding and Programming Books

Stack Overflow is filled with thousands of questions and answers, and many of those are book recommendations from programmers with many different levels of skill. Dev-Books collects together the most recommended books.Read more…


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Learn Coding Skills for the Raspberry Pi and Minecraft With This Free Book

There are few things that go together better than Minecraft and the Raspberry Pi, and the little microcomputer meant to teach kids coding can do even more with Minecraft. The folks at MagPi, the official magazine of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, have a free PDF that teaches you everything you need to know.Read more…


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Codecademy, the free online coding school, raises another $30M led by Naspers

 Codecademy, an online coding school with 16 million registered users, has built out its footprint without charging its students a penny to use it. Now, as more questions arise about how and when the startup might start monetizing its services, the startup is announcing $30 million in new funding that could be an indication of what might come next. Naspers, the (for-profit) media giant based… Read More


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Add the Star Trek LCARS Interface to Any Touch Screen Raspberry Pi Project

The Raspberry Pi can power all kinds of great projects, but building an interface to actually interact with those projects is a chore. DIYer Toby Kurien decided to implement the Star Trek LCARS interface into his Pi projects.

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