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Session Attributes
Session Attributes

Let’s take a look at how we access session attributes from a Lambda function.

Session attributes are stored in the response that your skill receives from Alexa as a JSON. We can create and edit attribute fields by accessing their key. Inside of the Lambda function, you can access session attribute values using this.attributes.

this.attributes['yourAttribute'] = 'value';

In the example above, we create a field in attributes and save the string 'value' to it. this references the alexa object that’s instantiated in the export.handlers function.

Since the LaunchRequest is usually the first intent that the skill executes, we often set the initial attribute state inside of it.

// Inside of LaunchRequest this.attributes['numberCorrect'] = 0;

In the example above, we set the initial value of our 'numberCorrect' attribute to 0, because the user has not attempted any answers yet.

For this skill, we want to use session attributes to keep track of the language we’re practicing, how many questions we’ve answered, and which ones we’ve gotten correct. To help with this interaction, we’ve included a flashcardsDictionary object that contains information about our flashcards, including the questions and their answers in different programming languages.

In this exercise, think about what initial states would make sense for each session attribute.

Instructions

1.

In the LaunchRequest, create a language session attribute and save its value to an empty string.

2.

Below that, create numberCorrect and currentFlashcardIndex session attributes and give them each a value of 0.

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