[Course] Project 1: Hello World


Great to have you here! We're happy that you're interested in learning more about Alexa Skill and Google Action development. In this course, we're going to use the Jovo Framework to build a very simple voice application and learn the basics of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant along the way. Let's do this.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.jovo.tech/courses/project-1-hello-world


This tutorial worked great and I was able to get both Amazon and Google (almost) working in under 1 hour.

However there are 2 issues I had with it.

1) Testing from DialogFlow did not work for me.

I can see that the webhook is working as expected and the request is coming to my local machine. However, it has the following output in the terminal:

  Error -----------------------------------------------------------------
  Can't handle request object.
  Error: Can't handle request object.
      at App.handle (/Users/dustinbahr/Developer/Jovo/HelloWorld/node_modules/jovo-core/src/BaseApp.ts:197:23)
      at <anonymous>
      at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:188:7)
  Please add an integration that handles that type of request.

2) I wish the tutorial would go one step further and describe how to test out the Action on an actual Google Home (or other) device.

Jovo is my first experience with voice apps at all, and the rest of the tutorial was geared very much toward beginners, which was great! But not being able to see it actually work on a real device was disappointing.


I should also mention that when I tested through the Actions on Google simulator everything worked as intended. Testing within the DialogFlow console is what failed.


After a little poking around, I determined that I could give the Action an invocation name in Actions on Google under Setup > Invocation. Then, using that name, I could already use the Action on my Google Home that is logged into the same Google account.