Learning by doing is awesome.
Hands-on experience deepens a learning experience by increasing retention and building intuition.
When I learn a new thing, I find it helpful to dive right in and get a little working knowledge before studying the nitty-gritty of the what, how, why and best practices.
For that reason, I started writing a series of “Quick & Dirty” tutorials, designed to quickly give you (fun!) hands-on experience, without going too deep into the details. Within the tutorials, I provide links to more information about new concepts, and recommend next steps.
My first series of “Quick & Dirty” tutorials is Create a Custom Alexa Skill where you’ll develop a fun little skill called My Zoo, using the Alexa Development Console (ADC)*. Each section of the series should take only 5-15 minutes. Very doable.
Let’s get started with Create a Custom Alexa Skill, Part 1 (“Hello Zoo!”)!
* The ADC is free to use and no programming experience necessary.