Alexa Skills recently get a lot of traction. Amazon just released the Echo Show and has almost ten thousands skills.
But as a developer they are question how to maintain skills in a scalable fashion. The good old times of maintaining cloud software via sftp and ssh are basically over. Today we utilizing modern tools such as CI servers to build and deploy software and now we can do the same for Alexa Skills.
In this example we are using GitLab’s CI implementation to build and deploy an Alexa Skill. GitLab uses Docker to create the final output and I created an unique build image that contains all necessary parts to build and deploy an Alexa Skill. Ironically the build image is hosted on Github.
Let’s gets started by defining our GitLab CI file. GitLab’s CI uses the YAML format.
stages: -build build: stage: build image: flyandi/ci-build-image-aws-lambda-node script: - mkdir -p ./build - cd ./src && npm install --no-progress - zip -X -r ../build/release.zip * - aws lambda update-function-code --function-name LambdaFunctionName --zip-file fileb://./build/release.zip cache: paths: - ./src/node_modules artifacts: paths: - ./build/release.zip expire_in: 1 day
This defines the basic CI file that builds the skill, zip’s it up and sends it to a pre-defined Lambda function.
The CI process will download the
flyandi/ci-build-image-aws-lambda-node docker build image that contains all necessary tools to build and deploy an Alexa Skill (and can also be used for other purposes).
Now you have it. With a couple lines of code you fully automatized your Alexa Skill build and deployment to AWS.
Get the build image and read more about it on my GitHub page.View on GitHub