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Building Amazon Alexa Skills With Node.js, Revisited

A little more than two years ago, when the Amazon Echo first started picking up steam and when I was first exposed to virtual assistants, I had written a tutorial around creating a Skill for Amazon Alexa using Node.js and simple JavaScript. In this tutorial titled, Create an Amazon Alexa Skill Using Node.js and AWS Lambda, we saw how to create intent functions and sample utterances in preparation for deployment on AWS Lambda. I later wrote a tutorial titled, Test Amazon Alexa Skills Offline with Mocha and Chai for Node.js, which focused on building unit tests for these Skills and their intent functions. Fast forward to now and a few things have changed in the realm of Skill development.

In this tutorial we’re going to see how to build a Skill for Alexa powered devices using Node.js and test it using popular frameworks and libraries such as Mocha and Chai.

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Unit Testing A Golang Application That Includes HTTP

When building a great application, it is a good idea to plan for proper testing of each of the components that make the application tick. Through unit testing, we can test each function within the application as a separate entity, to make sure it performs based on our testing criteria.

But how do you do this in a Golang application? What if you need to test endpoints that were created using the Gorilla mux package?

We’re going to see how to develop unit tests for our functions as well as HTTP endpoints in a Golang application using the available Go testing framework.

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