Create your first chat bot application using Microsoft Bot Framework

What is chatbot?

  • Bot is an automated software designed by human programmers to do tasks
  • Chatbot is an automated software to talk customer using messaging apps

Why Chatbot?

  • One to one messaging with thousands of customers at a time
  • Available in 24/7
  • Lots of application in real world
    • Bank and Insurance
    • HR issues
    • Ordering Pizza
    • Customer support
    • Personal Finance Assistant
    • Schedule Meeting
    • Product Suggestions
    • Weather forecasting etc.

What is Microsoft Bot Framework?

  • A platform for building, connecting, testing and deploying powerful and intelligent bots
  • Open source
  • Connect cross platform with the flip of a switch

Installation Requirements

  • Visual Studio 2015 / 2017 (In this demo I use Visual Studio 2017)
  • Download Bot template: Visual Studio Bot Template – C# (http://aka.ms/bf-bc-vstemplate )
  • Save the zip file to Visual Studio 2015/2017 template directory
    “%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Templates\ProjectTemplates\Visual C#”
  • Create First Application
    • Start Visual Studio 2017
    • From the file -> New->Project
    • Select Visual C# template
    • Select Bot Application
    • Enter project name (For example DigitalAssistant)
    • Browse save location
    • Click OK

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    • A bot application with default structure will be created.
    • Default project structure of a bot application shown below

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    Now run your application, you will see the following screen.

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    If you see the above screen, means your application is created successfully.

    Test your project using bot emulator

    • Download bot emulator from the following link
    • https://github.com/Microsoft/BotFramework-Emulator/releases/download/v3.5.32/botframework-emulator-Setup-3.5.32.exe
      Install bot emulator
    • Test your project by typing http://localhost:3979/api/messages in the emulator url
    • Click Connect button of the emulator
    • Now type some message in the emulator
    • You will see the following screen
    • If you see the reply message like this, it means its means it works properly.

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    Next: Deploy bot application to Azure and register in Microsoft Bot Framework

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