Brian Nyarango • about 3 years ago
Having problems testing with Echosim.io
Hi, I wanted to know if anyone else was having problems testing their Skill using the Echosim.io service. I managed to finish my skill on the 4th of May and I promptly submitted it for certification and also on devpost as instructed. I had earlier tried to use Echosim to test my skill but it proved to be too erratic and did not even recognize my skill. I was therefore forced to make a video using graphics and text showing how to interact with the Skill. I thought I was all set and in good position to claim one of the first 200 slots. My skill eventually passed certification and went live on the 6th of May. It was also on that day i received an email from devpost reminding us that they were 4 days to go and specifically stating that the video must be done using either a real Echo device or the Echosim simulator. I therefore tried again to use the Echosim simulator and after a lot of struggle finally managed to get it to recognize my Skill (problem was with language setting).
The problem i'm encountering now is that the Echosim simulator does not seem to support conversational style Skills very well (if at all). I can get it to open my skill but any response i give seems to be interpreted as a new request to Alexa i.e. i can never get past the first interaction after invoking the Skill. It simply says "Expects speech" and nothing i do can get it to respond appropriately. My skill has already passed certification and is live and i have checked the lambda logs and found no error and is working perfectly with the service simulator. The only explanation is either the response is timing out due to network problems or the Echosim simulator does not support that type of interaction model.
I therefore wanted to know if its working properly for anyone else and if not can the competition organizers provide any clarification or guidance on what to do since i don't have a real Echo device.
I'm very frustrated because after all the hard work this delay may cost me a slot or even prevent me from submitting if i can't get a solution. Thank you for your time.
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