I recently finished building a bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework for a major client. One of the standard requirement of the clients that develop Bot applications is to have bot-specific monitoring in place. Managing the bot that you have built involves adding monitoring and management capabilities to it. Adding monitoring and management aspects to your bot ensures that your bot implementation will be successful in the long run.
In this series Introduction Adding Dialogs and State to your bot Using Form Flow Adding intelligence to your bot using LUIS Publishing your bot Welcome to the final post in my series of blogs on Building Bots with The Microsoft Bot Framework. Till now we were building our bot and adding features to it. In this article, we will be publishing our bot and later chat with our bot on Skype.
In this series Introduction Adding Dialogs and State to your bot Using Form Flow Adding intelligence to your bot using LUIS Publishing your bot Welcome to the fourth post in my blog series on Building Bots with The Microsoft Bot Framework. In this article, we will see how we can configure LUIS to bring Natural Language Processing capabilities to our application. LUIS uses Intents, Entities, and Utterances to build its NLP models.
In this series Introduction Adding Dialogs and State to your bot Using Form Flow Adding intelligence to your bot using LUIS Publishing your bot Welcome to the third post in my blog series on Building Bots with The Microsoft Bot Framework. In the last post, we saw how we could use Dialogs and State to carry out a meaningful conversation with the user. However, we also saw that interacting with the user using Dialogs involves a lot of complexity.
It has been months since my friend Namit and I have been working on bringing to life a comprehensive book on Microservices applications specifically targeted for deployment in the cloud. We realized how the community is too keen to get started with Microservices, but there is so little guidance available on the subject. We studied several real-world implementations and documented the learnings as a set of patterns that help solve some of the most common challenges architects face while designing Microservices applications.
In this series Introduction Adding Dialogs and State to your bot Using Form Flow Adding intelligence to your bot using LUIS Publishing your bot Welcome to the second post in my blog series on Building Bots with The Microsoft Bot Framework. In today’s post, we will learn how we can build a stateful bot that can carry out a meaningful conversation with the user. We will also find out how Dialogs can add reusability to our bots.
In this series Introduction Adding Dialogs and State to your bot Using Form Flow Adding intelligence to your bot using LUIS Publishing your bot I decided to spend some time learning the Microsoft Bot Framework. I am going to write a series of blog posts to share with you what I learn so that we can go through this learning exercise together. This is the first post in the series with a few more to go.
Visual Studio 2017 is currently the best IDE that is in-line with the Microsoft’s strategy of embracing non Microsoft platforms and operating systems. I am a web developer, therefore, following is my outline of the most compelling features of Visual Studio 2017. Setup Experience Visual Studio no longer asks you to select options from a long list of checkboxes. It presents a more easy to comprehend list of workloads that are segregated by categories.
One of my most popular blog posts on this site is Hands-on with Azure Service Fabric Reliable Services. Referring to the blog post, many readers asked me about guidance to deploy various types of applications as Guest Executables on Service Fabric. In this post, I will try to answer most of those questions by demonstrating the process in a simple manner. The Application We previously built a simple node.js application that uses Azure SQL Database as data store.
Last week @Namit and I were at Ignite Australia. We had a great time interacting with technology enthusiasts from across Australia. We presented a lot of demos built using Service Fabric, Hololens and Congnitie Services to the attendees and received thrilling feedback. The event was well worth our investment of time and effort. We would deliver many more such presentations in future. Microservices with Azure We did an interview with SSW TV, in which we talked about the advantages of using Service Fabric as a platform to host microservices.
I don’t know how popular Node.js still is, but it is always fun to learn new programming languages. If you have previously worked with relational databases such as SQL database with Node.js, you must’ve noticed that there are several node packages available to enable application integration with SQL database. However, while building commercial applications, developers always want to use packages that are backed by professional support and a lively community.
How good is your logging provider’s search experience? Now, you can leverage the same set of services that power search on Facebook, eBay and tons of other websites to index and query the logs of your Service Fabric applications. Let’s discuss how you can integrate ElasticSearch with your Service Fabric application to index and query the diagnostic logs generated by your application. Before we set out to discuss ElasticSearch and Service Fabric integration, I would like to call out that you can build an ElasticSearch listener for your WebApps as well (even for those that are built with .
Let’s take our discussion forward to discuss the Producer and Consumer problem. According to the definition, the problem describes two processes, the producer and the consumer, who share a common, fixed-size buffer used as a queue. The producer’s job is to generate data, put it into the buffer, and start again. At the same time, the consumer is consuming the data (i.e., removing it from the buffer), one record at a time.
Next in our series of patterns, we will discuss a problem that almost all of us have encountered and solved in a less than desirable manner almost every time. Today, we will talk about using reflection. Most of the applications use reflection to read values out of an unknown type of object. I will present you with a utility that helps you do just that with little performance implications using input that you can store in configuration files or your application’s database.
Previously we discussed the Buffer Fill Pattern which can help eliminate bottlenecks in your applications. Let’s tackle yet another challenge stopping you short from building your next flexible service that runs on distributed systems. The pattern that we are going to discuss today has little to do with distributed systems and is rather about component decoupling. This pattern will add flexibility to your system which you can manage through configurations stored in your application’s database.