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[Programming] Online GUI Skills Builder


Skill name: Skill-Builder

User story:

A skill for those users who want to rapidly prototype a new skill using graphical building blocks in the Mycroft web based configuration / settings page, rather than cli development - this would rapidly broaden the skillsbase - perhaps even a moderated “Skills-store” rather than gitbhub ?

Similar to ‘scratch’ to drag n’ drop and build skills online.

What third party services, data sets or platforms will the Skill interact with?

There could be a pre-defined set of services available from drop-downs or text entry.

Are there similar Mycroft Skills already?

There are the github templates, but this can be off-putting for those who are new to coding.

What will the user Speak to trigger the Skill?

Whatever the user defines, to activate the new skill they are creating.

What phrases will Mycroft Speak?

Defined by the user creating the base skill.

What Skill Settings will this Skill need to store?

Defined by the user creating the base skill.

Other comments?

Maybe use the pairing key / uid to lock the dev skill to your Mycroft until released and approved in the skill-store >


slightly related, i made a node-red fallback skill, so you can use visual programming to add functionality to mycroft


As a follow-up to this, I’ve been building a new Robot (actually a fully functioning Wall-E for my daughter - a surprise for her so shhh), and as Mycroft struggles on a Pi-Zero, I tried out Watson.

Based on the TJBot, it needed a bit of hacking for the zero, but it works well - the best bit being the Watson Assistant Website - which is very similar to my suggestion above, and the point of this follow-up.

Basically it’s a point n’ click, type in what you want to be recognised and enter the responses or further dialog, not a scrap of coding required. This would be a godsend for us Mycroft fans - any chance of something similar in the future ?


We’ve had a lot of discussion about a visual Skills builder for Mycroft - the idea has very strong internal support. The challenge is the technical approach and implementation. It would probably need some sort of modular approach, where functions are exposed to the visual Skills builder. How do we expose several Python functions visually? We could perhaps get to a very basic building-block level, but how complex could we get?


I’m not sure on the technical aspects of such a proposal… But a WYSIWYG skills creator would - in my opinion - be essential for the eventual mass adoption of Mycroft.

The Everyday Joe/Everyday Sally doesn’t want to learn to code, they want to get their “smart assistant”, drag-and-drop to create their own skills on their computer/smartphone/phablet/tablet and then go on their merry way… One of the “big players” (Google or Amazon if I remember correctly) recently introduced something similar, and I think Mycroft will miss a big piece of the pie if it does not follow the same path.

Yes it’s going to be limited in what it can do, but at the end of the day, it’s no different to a WYSIWYG website builder - you can do a lot of what you want to achieve without learning coding, but if there’s something you can’t do with a WYSIWYG wizard, then you’re just going to need to suck it up and learn to code…