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Automated Testing for Alexa Skills

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With the release of the new Bespoken Dashboard, you can now use the Validation feature to run automated testing for Alexa skills – and it can all be done without speaking aloud. How does Automated Testing for Alexa Skills Work? When you’re logged in to your Bespoken Dashboard, select the Validation tab and create a sequence of tests for your skill. We take your test sequence and run it through Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and your skill. Like this.

7 Voice-First Experiences with Testing Alexa Skills

Testing – in nearly any form – does not typically get people excited. Except us. When it comes to voice apps, we are obsessed with tests. We are committed to sharing different testing experiences and best practices, because we believe testing will drastically improve the quality and engagement of voice apps for millions of users worldwide. If enough voice-app players integrate a complete testing plan into their systems, we will see the legitimacy of the voice-first industry begin to take hold.

Introducing the New Bespoken Dashboard: For Building Better Voice Apps

When Bespoken made its first introduction to the world in Aug 2016, we declared we were going to help you build Alexa skills faster and better. Remember this? We are happy to introduce bespoken.tools (bst for short), a set of open source tools built specifically for ASK development. The goal of bst is to help you develop skills not just faster but also better. The next day we released bst proxy. Then, we tinkered with Alexa audio, introduced a few $ bst commands, and just 2 months later offered an automatic unit testing solution. (Yeah, we liked testing before it was cool.) Seven months after saying hello world, the first version of the Bespoken Dashboard debuted, bringing you an intuitive way to see your Alexa…

Alexa Skill Testing Checklist with over 10 Resources

Alexa Skill Testing Checklist PDF

We’ve been talking about Alexa skill testing a lot lately – in meetings, on calls, and in the digital world. Recently, in a post published on the Amazon Alexa Developer Blog, guest contributor John Kelvie gives a helpful and detailed overview of the 4 aspects of testing. Check it out here: Building Engaging Alexa Skills: Why Testing and Automation Matter To accompany John’s article, we have created this checklist to use while testing your voice apps. And within the list, we provide links to over 10 resources that will help you test and set up your unit testing framework and continuous deployment services.

Amazon Agrees – Building Engaging Alexa Skills Requires Testing and Automation

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It is a widely known fact in the voice-first industry that there are over 30,000 Alexa skills available to the citizens of the world today. In just over 3 years, Amazon Alexa and other voice-enabled devices have begun to shift the way millions of people interact with technology. Voice is even on track to surpass the adoption of mobile phones. And nearly all of the credit to the success of Amazon Alexa can be given to the hard work of hundreds of Alexa developers – and to Amazon for recognizing the strength of open-source software.

Amazon Alexa, Google Home, AI, and the Super Bowl

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The reviews are in. Alexa, Tide, Doritos, Jeep, and Australia walked away as marketing’s big winners this year, according to numerous analyses and listicles following the Big Game. As human consumers, we can’t help but make our own personal ranking of Sunday’s advertisements. We know what to expect, too. The good, the ridiculously bad (remember puppy monkey baby?), and the funny. Each year may seem like a same-commercial-different-day situation – a shiny car ad here a tug on the heart strings there. But this year, let’s take a take a look at how the voice community reacted to Alexa losing her voice, the absence of Google, and the subtle appearances of AI.

The Alexa Conference 2018 and 15+ Voice-first Conferences to Add to Your Calendar

This year has been deemed the year of voice by experts spanning a plethora of industries. In a short amount of time, researchers, analysts, the c-suite, and even grandparents have been exposed to the power of voice-first technology. As the march of voice continues, there are a number of events and conferences available to get involved with throughout the year. Whether you’re a developer, a UX designer, founder of a voice-first company, or new to the voice landscape, attending a few voice-first conferences and events – in this particular year – is likely to benefit you for years to come.

What’s New With the Bespoken Proxy (bst) and CLI Tools

Hello, everybody. Some time ago in the far away land of 2016 we released the Bespoken CLI to help you develop Alexa skills locally, making testing and debugging far easier and faster. Well, since then a number of helpful improvements have been made to the Bespoken Proxy bst proxy; the command line interface is more user friendly than ever before. Now that it’s been over a year since the launch, I’d like to show you how to get started using bst proxy all over again – as well as show you the many improvements that have been made along the way. For those new to the Bespoken CLI, here’s a quick summary of what it is and how it works.

Alexa Skill Building: 3 Lessons for Developers and Non-Developers

Earlier this year, the Bespoken team held a 1-day hackathon reserved for building our own Alexa skills from start to finish – idea to testing. Now that our skills have been published by Amazon and are available on millions of Echo devices, we need your help selecting a winner. Before we get to the skills, we’d like to let you in on some hackathon details and share 3 key learnings from this experience. Skip to the skills.

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