This is a blurb of a post - I played around in the environment for a bit and didn't complete it. Sometimes, projects just go unfinished. It's not my greatest ambition in life to make an Alexa skill.
The instructions are a bit out of date, I had to create a new role from policy templates, which took me to several other screens.
You have to make about 2 separate accounts - One main AWS one, and one Amazon Developer one.
"earnings"? Something to consider...
'You can provision your own back-end resources or you can have Alexa host them for you.' I suppose I could actually use the Azure equivalent of Lambda if I wanted to.
My favorite part so far has been thinking of the invocation words - You can't use a handful of them. I want to make Alexa going 'Hello, World' to make sense in context. I almost put in 'Bye world' but that sounds very morbid.
I'm guessing this Utterance Profiler does this:
"What word could you say to make this work? Let me type it in!"
Alexa: "Hey, that would work, and here I'm saying the phrase 'Hello, World!"
At this point, the GUI and layout of the Developer Portal has changed so much, I deviated a bit from the instructions to simply get a feel for what's happening.