Using .BOT files to access external services in Bot Framework v4

Bot Framework V4 (BFv4) was made generally available (GA) as part of the Ignite 2018 announcements (see the official announcement). This is great news because it is now the 'current' version and all the docs, tooling and SDKs have been refreshed from the preview version we've been using throughout 2018 so far. I recently wrote…

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Managing secrets with .BOT files in Bot Framework v4

A picture of a padlock
A picture of a padlock

Bot Framework V4 (BFv4) was made generally available (GA) as part of the Ignite 2018 announcements (see the official announcement). This is great news because it is now the ‘current’ version and all the docs, tooling and SDKs have been refreshed from the preview version we’ve been using since Build. One of the things that…

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Bot Framework v4 with Luis

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Natural Language

The Cognitive Services Language Understanding Intelligence Services (Luis) should be no stranger to bot developers, it enables the all-important natural language processing which means users can converse with your bot in the way they would with another human; by using natural language. With Bot Framework V3 (BFv3), there is a well prescribed pattern for using…

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Bot Framework V4: What I learnt in 4 days in July 2018

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Bot-Builder-SDK-v4 logo

I was recently involved in a short, 4-day customer hack based on Microsoft Bot Framework V4 (C# SDK), Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding Intelligence Service (LUIS, part of Cognitive Services). It was a frustrating yet insightful 4 days and have some observations which might be helpful to anyone else who is thinking about Bot…

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Bot Framework triage between Luis and QnA Maker

I’ve been involved in several bot projects recently where a common pattern has emerged so I decided to produce a sample and blog about it here. The sample is on GitHub as a C# Azure Bot Service bot: https://github.com/martinkearn/Bot-Luis-QNA-Triage I worked with Toby Bradshaw on this and he did most the clever stuff so kudos…

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AI Services Workshop – Get Setup

If you are attending our AI Services Workshop, you’ll need to get a few bits of software on your laptop in order to take part in the labs. You’ve probably got most of this stuff already but worth double checking. You will need: Visual Studio Code from https://code.visualstudio.com GitHub Desktop from https://desktop.github.com (or some other GitHub client)…

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Hack24 – The Microsoft ‘AI for good’ Challenge

On behalf of Microsoft UK, I’m very pleased to announce that we are proudly sponsoring the Hack24 hackathon in Nottingham on 10/11 March 2018. You can read more about our involvement in Hack24’s sponsorship announcement. Technical communities are very important to Microsoft, and Tech Nottingham and Hack24 are one of the country’s best so we…

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