Agile + DevOps East 2020 Concurrent Session : DevOps Your Amazon Skills

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

DevOps Your Amazon Skills

Since 2011 voice assistants have been entering our lives little by little. It wasn't until 2014 that Amazon created the Echo devices with its built-in assistant, Alexa. In 2018 they give us the opportunity for anyone to add functionality through skills, it means to be able to create voice based applications for the first time. Developing an Alexa skill can be a lot of fun, but nobody likes to find negative comments and reviews in order to begin to identify and correct bugs. Skills developers use tests and automation to minimize these risks. In this talk, I will talk about how to test your Alexa skill thanks to the Alexa Skill Kit and its API. At the same time, I will explain how to automate the daily workflow of a skill, from commit to deployment using Open Source tools such as GitHub Actions, Codecov, Bespoken among others. This talk will help people learn about the tools that are available to guarantee the quality of an Alexa skill. So they can get better products and know that they are not alone during the development process.

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Xavier Portilla Edo

Xavier Portilla Edo, born in Valencia, but currently living in Madrid, works as a Technical Lead at Altran developing 5G. He has more than 6 years of experience in the world of programming with a focus on Java, DevOps, Q&A, microservices, and voice-based applications. Organizer of DevopsDays Madrid and creator of the Alexa Developers Madrid community. In his spare time, he enjoys music, beer, and friends.