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Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex

By : Sam Williams
Book Image

Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex

By: Sam Williams

Overview of this book

Have you ever wondered how Alexa apps are made, how voice-enabled technologies work, or how chatbots function? And why tech giants such as Amazon and Google are investing in voice technologies? A better question is: why should I start developing on these platforms? Hands-On Chatbot Development with Alexa Skills and Amazon Lex covers all features of the Alexa Skills kit with real-world examples that help you develop skills to integrate Echo and chatbots into Facebook, Slack, and Twilio with the Amazon Lex platform. The book starts with teaching you how to set up your local environment and AWS CLI so that you can automate the process of uploading AWS Lambda from your local machine. You will then learn to develop Alexa Skills and Lex chatbots using Lambda functions to control functionality. Once you’ve come to grips with this, you will learn to create increasingly complex chatbots, integrate Amazon S3, and change the way Alexa talks to the user. In the concluding chapters, we shift our focus to Amazon Lex and messaging chatbots. We will explore Alexa, learn about DynamoDB databases, and add cards to user conversations. By the end of this book, you will have explored a full set of technologies that will enable you to create your own voice and messaging chatbots using Amazon.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Building Your First Amazon Lex Chatbot

The preceding two chapters focused solely on Amazon Alexa and building Alexa Skills. The next three chapters will teach you how to build chatbots using Amazon Lex. In this chapter, we'll learn how to build and test a Lex chatbot and then we'll step things up by integrating S3.

Amazon Lex is very similar to Amazon Alexa but the main difference is that Lex has been designed to primarily work as a typed interaction. This means that you can use Lex to power Facebook messenger bots, add functionality to Slack, or even send text messages to your users. This doesn't stop you from using Lex for voice interactions and it can be used to build voice-based chatbots outside of the Amazon Alexa ecosystem.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Creating a Lex chatbot with slots and built-in responses
  • Creating an FAQ chatbot...