Airtable CMS Integration

Learn how to use Airtable as CMS for your Alexa Skills and Google Actions.

Introduction

Airtable is a popular spreadsheet-meets-database product that is used for all sorts of use cases.

With this Jovo CMS integration, you can manage all the content of your Alexa Skills and Google Actions in Airtable. This makes collaboration easier and enables you update and add content faster.

Here's what a sample table could look like:

Airtable CMS for Alexa and Google Assistant

You can use this Airtable Base as a template to get started.

Configuration

To get started, install the following package:

Add it to your app.js file and register it with the use command:

Next, add the necessary configurations to your config.js file:

Name Description Value Required
apiKey Your Airtable api key string Yes
baseId The id of your base string Yes
tables Contains information about the tables of your base object[] Yes
tables.name The name which you will use to access the table: this.$cms.name string Yes
tables.table The name you've given the table in your base string Yes
tables.type The table type you want to use. Default: default string - either default, responses, keyvalue or objectarray Nos
tables.selectOptions Allows you to specify how the data should be retrieved from your table object No
tables.selectOptions.fields Specify the fields (columns) that should be retrieved. If you decide to not retrieve the primary column of your table, keep in mind that in that case the last column of your table will be put in the first place of the array string[] No
tables.selectOptions.filterByFormula A formula used to filter records. The formula will be evaluated for each record, and if the result is not 0, false, "", NaN, [], or #Error! the record will be included in the response string No
tables.selectOptions.maxRecords The maximum total number of records that will be retrieved number No
tables.selectOptions.sort An array of sort objects that specifies how the records will be ordered. Each sort object must have a field key specifying the name of the field to sort on, and an optional direction key that is either "asc" or "desc". The default direction is "asc". object[] No

Default Table Types

Table types specify how the data will be transformed and saved.

Default

If you don't define a table type in the config.js, you receive an array of arrays that can be accessed like this:

Responses

If you define the table type as Responses, the integration expects a spreadsheet of at least two columns:

  • a key
  • a locale, e.g. en, en-US, or de-DE

For this locale, you can then access the responses like this:

You can add as many locales as you want by adding additional columns for each key.

KeyValue

If you define the table type as KeyValue, the integration expects a spreadsheet of at least two columns:

  • a key
  • a value

For every key, this will return the value as a string:

ObjectArray

If you define the table type as ObjectArray, you will receive an array of objects where each row is converted to an object with the first row of the spreadsheet specifying the keys

Here's an example sheet:

Name Location Date
Voice Summit Newark, New Jersey, USA 7/22/2019
SuperBot San Francisco, California, USA 4/2/2019

And here's the array of objects you will receive:

Access the array using:

Advanced Features

Caching

The content all tables is cached into the Jovo app object by default, which allows for faster response times. For some use cases (like testing), however, it might make sense to retrieve the data for some (or all) tables with every request. Since Jovo v2.1.4, we support these instant updates by setting the caching option to false.

You can choose between disabling caching for all tables, or just specific ones in your config.js file:

Platform-specific Responses

Since Jovo v2.1.4 we support platform-specific responses for i18n, as well as for CMS. This allows you to have isolated output for a specified platform, without altering the default one.

Platform-specific Responses

In this example, the value for GOODBYE will be overwritten, whenever a response is triggered by an Alexa-Skill. WELCOME remains the same for all platforms. If you don't want any output for a specific platform, use /.

Comments and Questions

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