Mar
22

Alexa Observations

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Alexa Observations

These are some simple observations I made while testing Alexa Skills under development.

For address slot types, the simulator requires complete street types such as spelling out “drive” or “circle”. Acronyms are not accepted. The first grey bubble shows that the simulator stops and does not send a request.

address_bubble

 

If an empty bubble appears in the simulator, then your program returned a JSON with an empty outputSpeech parameter to Alexa:


alexa_empty_text_bubble

 

When you click on “Return to the developer console” before a session has ended, it may be buffered and sent as the first request to the skill’s code during the next session. An indicator of that occurring will be the “audio response only” bubble at the beginning of the next session:

buffered_sessionendedrequest

 

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