The MycroftSkill class that all Skills inherit from contains a number of methods that can be overridden by an instance of the Class. This enables a Skill to execute code at specific points in the lifecycle of a Skill. Each of these is optional, meaning none are required to be defined in your Skill.
__init__ method is called when the Skill is first constructed. It is often used to declare variables or perform setup actions, however it cannot utilize other MycroftSkill methods and properties as the class does not yet exist. This includes
self.settings which must instead be called from your Skill's
__init__ method is optional, but if used, the
__init__ method from the Super Class (MycroftSkill) must be called.
In the following example we assign a variable
learning to be
True. The variable is appended to the instance using
self so that we can access this variable in any part of our Skill.
def __init__(self):super().__init__()self.learning = True
initialize method is called after the Skill is fully constructed and registered with the system. It is used to perform any final setup for the Skill including accessing Skill settings.
In the following example we access the
my_setting value, that would have been defined in the Skill's
settingsmeta.json. We use the
get method in case the variable
my_setting is undefined.
def initialize(self):my_setting = self.settings.get('my_setting')
converse method can be used to handle follow up utterances prior to the normal intent handling process. It can be useful for handling utterances from a User that do not make sense as a standalone intent.
The method receives two arguments:
utterances (list): The utterances from the user. If there are multiple utterances, consider them all to be transcription possibilities. Commonly, the first entry is the raw utterance and the second is a
normalized version of the first utterance.
lang (string): The language the utterance is in. This defaults to None.
Once the Skill has initially been triggered by the User, the
converse method will be called each time an utterance is received. It is therefore important to check the contents of the utterance to ensure it matches what you expected.
If the utterance is handled by the converse method, we return
True to indicate that the utterance should not be passed onto the normal intent matching service and no other action is required by the system. If the utterance was not handled, we return
False and the utterance is passed on first to other
converse methods, and then to the normal intent matching service.
In the following example, we check that utterances is not empty, and if the utterance matches vocabulary from
understood.voc. If the user has understood we speak a line from
great.dialog and return
True to indicate the utterance has been handled. If the vocabulary does not match then we return
False as the utterance should be passed to the normal intent matching service.
def converse(self, utterances, lang):if utterances and self.voc_match(utterances, 'understood'):self.speak_dialog('great')return Trueelse:return False
stop method is called anytime a User says "Stop" or a similar command. It is useful for stopping any output or process that a User might want to end without needing to issue a Skill specific utterance such as media playback or an expired alarm notification.
In the following example, we call a method
stop_beeping to end a notification that our Skill has created.
shutdown method is called during the Skill process termination. It is used to perform any final actions to ensure all processes and operations in execution are stopped safely. This might be particularly useful for Skills that have scheduled future events, may be writing to a file or database, or that have initiated new processes.
In the following example we cancel a scheduled event and call a method in our Skill to stop a subprocess we initiated.