Using Azure Bot Service to create Bot


Using Microsoft Bot Framework

Azure Bot Service is an integrated environment that allow us to easily register, build, deploy our bots. It provides the required components and hosting environment for creating bots through Bot Builder SDK using either C# or JavaScript and connector service to connect to various channels.

Login to Azure Portal.

https://portal.azure.com

Search for Web App Bot

We have selected Basic Bot template.

After the Bot Web App is created, we have the option to either Download Bot Source Code to keep developing using Visual Studio or we can open it in online code editor.

Online Code Editor allows to update the source code within the App Service Editor

As the basic bot app template uses the Language Understanding Intelligent Services, we can log on to the Luis

https://www.luis.ai/welcome

There we can see the app.

With all the corresponding Intents, Entities and Utterances.

To test the bot either we can either download the emulator for testing locally or can test online using Web Chat.

Select Test in Web Chat

After we have tested it, next we add channel to our Bot, here we will add Skype.

Below are some of the configuration that can be applied for Skype.

Messaging gives the option of enabling the messaging, Calling let us to enable calling, groups allows us to add the bot to groups and Publish option allows to publish the bot and also submit it for review if it to be used by more than 100 contacts as shown below.

Clicking on Save publishes the bot and we can see the Skype added as one of the channels.

Click on Skype icon to add it to skype.

Add to contacts will add it to Skype and can start our conversation.

Hope it helps..

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Author: Nishant Rana

I love working in and sharing everything about Microsoft.NET technology !

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