Introduction To Bot Service In Azure

Introduction

In this article, we will see how to create a Bot Service in Azure.

  • Concept
  • Implementation – Creating a new Microsoft Bot Service in Azure.
  • Implementation – Access the Microsoft Bot Service.

About

  • Bot is used as an app that helps users interact in a conversational way.
  • It may be simple as basic pattern matching with a response or it may be sophisticated handling the artificial techniques with complex conversational state and integration to existing business services.
  • The Bot framework helps you to build the bots which support different types of interactions with users.
  • You can design conversations with your bot for more freedom.
  • You can design the bot in such a way that where it provides the user choices or user actions.
  • The conversations in bot use the simple text strings or more complex things which contains text, images, and action buttons etc.
  • The best advantage of Bot is with Visual Studio where you can download, debug, republish your C# bot.
  • Setup is also very simple. It can be continuously deployed with Visual Studio online and GitHub.

Implementation – Creating a new Microsoft Bot service in Azure.

  • Sign in to the Azure Management portal.
  • Open Azure portal and click on “+”.
  • Click on "AI + Cognitive Services" and then select an option of “Bot Service “.
  • Click "Create" on the next screen.

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  • Fill all the details like App Name, Subscription, Resource Group, Location etc.
  • Use an existing Resource or create a new one as per your requirement.
  • Give appropriate name and pricing tier according to your requirement and replication.

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  • Once you fill all the required details, then click on "Create".
  • Once your bot service deploys successfully, open it.

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Implementation – Access the Microsoft Bot Service.

  • Open bot service which you just created.
  • Choose "Template".
  • Choose C# and choose the basic template.
  • Click on "Next" button.
  • Now, create a Microsoft App ID by clicking on "Create Microsoft App ID" and password.

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  • Note down the App name and App ID in the Notepad and click on "Generate an app password" to continue.
  • After this, you will see the password in the dialog box. Just note it down on the Notepad.

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  • Then, click on "Finish" and go back to Bot Framework, as shown in the above picture.
  • Enter the password which you obtained in the previous step.
  • Then, click on "I agree" checkbox.
  • Now finally, click on the "Create Bot" button.

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  • On the next screen, click on the "Test" button which you see at the top right of your screen.

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  • Now, type the message "Hi" in the chat window and see the response which it will give you back, as shown in the below picture.

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Summary

This is how you can use Azure Bot Service in Azure.

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