Serverless Battle: Azure Functions compared to AWS lambda

Since the last 4 years or so the cloud computing has been a game changer in a number ways and the emergence of serverless computing/architectures has just solved many of the core computing problems. Serverless is about abstracting users away from servers, infrastructure, and having to deal with low-level configuration or the core operating system.  … Continue reading Serverless Battle: Azure Functions compared to AWS lambda

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Amazon Lex compared to Microsoft Bot Framework

A chat bot is a service, powered by rules and sometimes artificial intelligence which converse via natural language text interfaces. Amazon offers its own service on AWS to build Conversation Bots known as Amazon Lex. Whereas, Microsoft offers a set of Cognitive services and Bot Framework to build chat bot on Azure and also locally. … Continue reading Amazon Lex compared to Microsoft Bot Framework

Creating and Deploying Express Web App on Azure in few steps

In this post we will see how can we setup an express web application and how to deploy an node.js based express web application. Step 1: Creating an web application in express. To create a express application skeleton we need to install express generator from npm: Check available option while creating an express app: After … Continue reading Creating and Deploying Express Web App on Azure in few steps

Is developing bots using Microsoft Bot Framework without Azure possible?

Microsoft provides its Bot framework to build smart chat bots. It provides the Bot Builder SDK in two languages i.e Node.js and C#. Azure provides us the setup of developing the web app bot on cloud with integrated web-chat channel and integrated online VScode editor. The bot on Azure is deployed on Azure Web server … Continue reading Is developing bots using Microsoft Bot Framework without Azure possible?

DirectLineAPI – Testing with custom client and POSTMAN – Microsoft Bot Framework

Direct Line API is used enable communication between your bot and your own client application. This post will show you how can we use the direct line API of our BOT to start a conversation and also how to exchange Activities. We are using the Microsoft Sample bot example of Notes Bot. The below pic show … Continue reading DirectLineAPI – Testing with custom client and POSTMAN – Microsoft Bot Framework

Learning about LUIS and Consuming LUIS API in node.js

LUIS is Language Understanding Intelligent Service from Microsoft, as part of Azure Cognitive Services. Several Microsoft technologies work with LUIS: Bot Framework allows a chat bot to talk with a user via text input. Bing Speech API converts spoken language requests into text. Once converted to text, LUIS processes the requests. LUIS allows us to create an … Continue reading Learning about LUIS and Consuming LUIS API in node.js

Microsoft Bot Framework: How to validate user response to bot Prompts?

Microsoft Bot Framework has multiple prompts to get user response while having the conversation such as Prompts.text, Prompts.number, Prompts.Choice, Prompts.confirm But there is automatic validation for number, choice and confirm prompt. For example if the user responds with wrong choice then the chat bot will re-prompt the choices and ask yo to select again. Check documentation here. This post … Continue reading Microsoft Bot Framework: How to validate user response to bot Prompts?

Conversational Text Formatting in Microsoft Bot-Framework

This post is about how can we do text formatting in the Microsoft Bot framework. Like, how to send or receive text in bold, italics, list, quote, links etc. Bold and Italics Multiline Text List Strikethrough text Quote a text Adding Links Adding text in increased font(a heading) Hope it helps you when you are … Continue reading Conversational Text Formatting in Microsoft Bot-Framework