Build your own Bot - Get Started with these Resources!
You can build and connect intelligent bots to interact with your users naturally wherever they are with Microsoft Bot Framework — from your website or app to text/SMS, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Office 365 mail, Microsoft Teams and other cool services.
Here's a short overview of what you need to know to get started:
I put together a list of links I found very useful to get started with developing your very own bot.
- Try out bots that are already available in Skype today, e.g. Skyscanner or Murphy https://blogs.skype.com/news/2016/08/03/skype-says-hello-to-new-bots/
- Getting Started with Bots Online Video Course https://aka.ms/botcourse
- Home for Bot Framework Developers https://dev.botframework.com/
- Bot Framework Documentation https://docs.botframework.com/en-us/downloads/
- Bot Directory https://bots.botframework.com/
- Bot Builder SDK source code on GitHub https://github.com/microsoft/botbuilder
- Bot Samples on GitHub https://github.com/microsoft/botbuilder-samples
- Bot Builder C# samples on GitHub https://github.com/Microsoft/BotBuilder/tree/master/CSharp/Samples
- Bot Builder node.js samples on GitHub https://github.com/Microsoft/BotBuilder/tree/master/Node/examples
- Bot Builder npm package for node.js https://www.npmjs.com/package/botbuilder
- Bot Framework Emulator https://docs.botframework.com/en-us/tools/bot-framework-emulator/
- Download Git for Windows https://git-scm.com/download/win
Also, there are a couple of great resources in the Cognitive Services context that are useful working with bots:
- LUIS (Language Understanding Intelligent Service) https://luis.ai
- QnA Maker https://qnamaker.ai
- Microsoft Cognitive Services https://microsoft.com/cognitive-services
I'd like to say a special Thank You to my fellow colleagues Christopher Harrison (@GeekTrainer) and Ryan Volum for putting together the following online course in the Microsoft Virtual Academy:
Getting Started with Bots https://aka.ms/botcourse
This course is a great way to start off with creating your first bot — and it's fun to watch, too :)
Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
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