In this chapter, we will create a new workspace for this workshop using Cloud9. AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser.

The reason for setting up of a Cloud9 environment is to prevent dependencies conflicting with your local environment. It doesn’t mean that we have to use Cloud9 for Alexa development. You could also skip this session to use your local development environment. But to guarantee the success of this workshop, we highly recommend following these instructions.