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DevOps Playbook - CI/CD Tools and Services
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Using Amazon Alexa to Perform Voice Activated CI/CD Build and Deployments
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DifficultyIntermediate
Duration29m
Students85

Description

Introduction
Are you interested in learning how to apply Amazon Alexa Skills to common development tasks?
This course explains and demonstrates how to automate the process of building, testing, and deploying a Java project to the cloud using Amazon Alexa Skills with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). 

Course Overview
This content will help you gain an understanding of core CI/CD concepts. We start by covering aspects of CI/CD process automation using tools provided by AWS, Jenkins, Blue Ocean and Maven.  We then gain the skills needed to automate the process of building, testing, and deploying a Java project to the cloud using Amazon Alexa Skills. We learn how to do this by integrating the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) with AWS services like Lambda and Elastic Beanstalk. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and explain core concepts of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Recognize and work with Jenkins Pipeline and Blue Ocean
  • Extend Amazon Alexa by developing a custom Alexa Skill using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
  • Integrate Alexa with other AWS services like Lambda and Elastic Beanstalk

Intended Audience
Software Developers,  Build and Release Engineers,  Alexa Enthusiasts. 

Prerequisites
To get the most from this content we recommend you have an understanding of the following areas

  • Basic knowledge of the principles of software engineering and development
  • Basic knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and an AWS account
  • Basic knowledge of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Basic knowledge of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS)

We recommend the following content to gain an understanding of these concepts 
DevOps Fundamentals
DevOps Playbook - CI/CD Tools and Services

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Transcript

During this course, we learned about integrating Alexa with Jenkins to further automate the process of building, testing, and deploying a Java project to the cloud. We covered CI/CD concepts, the Jenkins Blue Ocean interface, and extending the functionality of Alexa by using the Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Developer Portal. We also discussed creating private skills using Alexa for Business. 

To continue your learning journey with Alexa and CI/CD, you can enhance the project with several cool features. You can update the Alexa skill to request the Jenkins job name to provide more flexibility. You can update the Alexa skill to send a notification to the Echo device once the Jenkins job is finished. You can even update the Alexa skill to answer questions about the status in real time for the Jenkins job. Thanks for joining me. I will see you next time.

About the Author

Kesha Williams (pronounced KEY-SHA) is an award-winning software engineering manager with over 20 years’ experience. She's passionate about emerging technologies, speaking, teaching, and mentoring. She's trained thousands of software engineers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching at the university level. She routinely leads innovation teams in proving out emerging technologies and shares her learnings at technical conferences around the globe. She recently won the Ada Lovelace Award in Computer Engineering from Look Far and the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work with Artificial Intelligence (AI). She was recently featured in Amazon's "Alexa Women of Voice" campaign and named an Alexa Champion. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, writes news for InfoQ, authors video courses, and mentors women in tech.

To learn more about me, visit my website at http://www.kesha.tech