Why AWS Lambda?
AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events. It has many applications, but it’s ideal for building Alexa Skills. It:
- offers a free tier AWS account with up to 1 million requests per month,
- works with the Alexa Skills Kit SDK, and
- automatically scales to support the rate of incoming requests without requiring you to configure anything.
In this course, we assume that you’ve already built your skill’s interaction model in Build Your First Alexa Skill. If you haven’t done that, take the time to complete the course and come back when you’re ready!
We will also use this opportunity to customize the skill’s response to include your name, so Alexa responds:
- “Hello John, welcome to the Codecademy skill”