One popular way to build an Alexa skill is through the Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Node.js provided by Amazon via GitHub. It was built to help developers create skills more efficiently without getting caught up with un-needed complexities. And according to other users, it is generally held in high regard within the developer communities. The only problem is that I still constantly have to look up every third word. I don't know if I just lack the proper computing sciences background, but this roadblock is the most obnoxious one yet. I think my best approach going forward is to try and meet up with a person who has previously created a skill so that I can pick their brain to understand how they approached the new jargon and to see if i can pick up a few tips or tricks.