Develop And Deploy Alexa Skills With Visual Studio Code Extension

Now developers who are using the Visual Code editor can create and deploy Alexa skills with an open source extension published by Amazon Alexa dev team.

Now, developers who are using Visual Studio Code editor can create and deploy Alexa Skills with an open source extension published by Amazon Alexa dev team. Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service developed by Amazon and is available on millions of devices from Amazon and third-party devices and deploying Alexa skills here, is referring to changing and developing the capabilities of the virtual assistant in response to commands spoken to it.
 
The ASK toolkit for Visual Studio Code (Beta) enables the developer to perform almost all the skill developer actions that can take place within Visual Studio Code and hence makes it easier to develop and deploy Alexa skills than ever.
 
Some of the new functions that can be performed, as stated in the official overview of the toolkit, are:
• Discover ASK commands by typing “ASK” from the VS Code command palette
• Create a skill using templates
• Generate code snippets for built-in intents, custom intents, slots, and request handlers
• Identify errors in your JSON schema
• Hover over a JSON object to see documentation
• Submit a skill for certification
 
Talking about the toolkit, on their official blog, Amazon Alexa wrote,
 
We are excited to announce the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (beta). The toolkit is an extension for Visual Studio Code that makes it easier for you to develop and deploy Alexa skills. We also provide the source code under the Apache 2.0 license on GitHub to enable you to customize it and contribute to the community.” 
 
To get started, you can read the guide on using the tools. Also, find out the set of commands available in the documentation. The users can further find the source code for the open source project on GithHub.