The Microsoft Bot Framework provides just what you need to build and connect intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking, from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services.
The Microsoft Bot Framework (preview): framework enables organizations to build intelligent agents, known as Bots.
Bots let users interact with intelligent solutions as though they are conversing with another person, and interactions can take many forms, from text/SMS to Office365 mail to Skype and Slack. The Framework provides developers with a developer portal and SDK to build Bots, a Bot Connector service to connect to social channels such as Twitter and Slack, and a Bot Directory to discover and use existing bots.
Bots (or conversation agents) are rapidly becoming an integral part of your digital experience
Bots are as vital a way for users to interact with a service or application as is a web site or a mobile experience. Developers writing bots all face the same problems: bots require basic I/O; they must have language and dialog skills; and they must connect to users
The Bot Framework provides tools to easily solve these problems and more for developers e.g., automatic translation to more than 30 languages, user and conversation state management, debugging tools, an embeddable web chat control and a way for users to discover, try, and add bots to the conversation experiences they love.
The Bot Framework has a number of components including the Bot Connector, Bot Builder SDK, and the Bot Directory.
The Bot Connector lets you connect your bot(s) seamlessly to text/sms, Office 365 mail, Skype, Slack, and other services. Simply register your bot, configure desired channels and publish in the Bot Directory.
Getting Started – Its all in web API
Bot Builder SDK
The Bot Builder SDK is an open source SDK hosted on GitHub that provides everything you need to build great dialogs within your Node.js- or C#-based bot.
Simple Dialog Model
The concept of a dialogue is simple the set of questions and results which the user is asked and provided. (the Conversation with the USER)
Key things you need to consider for the API is Scale, so you have a state per session and a state per user.
The Dialog starts by a conversation
The Web Api then calls Dialogues – This is a simple example of a Dialog
You can also add some cool freatures like Microsoft LUIS
So as an Example of a Simple sandwich order system
User is prompted the following the questions
- Select your Sandwich filling?
- Select your Sandwich length?
- Select your bread type?
- Would you like Cheese?
- Select your Sandwich Topping?
- Select your Sauce Option?
Microsoft Bot Samples: https://github.com/Microsoft/BotBuilder
Get started developing your first bot bot: https://dev.botframework.com/
Caption Bot http://www.captionbot.ai
Project Murphy Demo – http://www.projectmurphy.net/
Project Murphy why? http://www.projectmurphy.net/story