Building an Evoq Liquid Content chatbot with Azure Bot Service

dnnrecipes2A few months back we spent some days working in an internal hackathon at DNN Corp. called DNN Developer Days that allowed to explore the power of Evoq Liquid Content APIs. The result was an awesome set of project examples giving a glimpse of what you can do when integrating the APIs to publish and reuse the content through different channels, such as Amazon Echo, Azure Bot Service or a smart TV, including AI and machine learning capabilities such as tagging your site images automatically. You can explore all of them at http://builtwithdnn.com website, I hope you find them interesting.

I personally worked on an Azure Bot Service chatbot, exposing the contents of a recipes website through different channels like Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram or Teams. You can quickly play with the example at http://builtwithdnn.com/recipesbot/ 

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All the documentation and source code for each project is available on a GitHub repository at https://github.com/dnnsoftware/Dnn.Evoq.LiquidContent.Samples.Public/ 

Chatbot as a Channel: Integrating Liquid Content with Azure Bot Service

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The recipes bot integrates with messaging apps like Skype, Telegram or Facebook Messenger. As a Skype user, for example, you can provide the bot with a list of ingredients. The bot connects to Liquid Content to retrieve recipes that contain those ingredients, then provides an answer to the Skype user.

This is just the beginning. I plan to connect more third-party services to the recipe bot, such as LUIS, Cortana, Vision API and Apple Pay.

Bookmark this page and check back here to get updates. I’ll update the page each time there’s news to share. You can also follow me on Twitter @davidjrh and I will mention the new additions there.

Building the Recipes Bot

In this tutorial, I show you how I built the recipe bot. The bot uses the Azure Bot Service, the intelligent, serverless bot service that scales on demand. With this service, you will be able to publish your bot through multiple channels without managing or patching any server. It can connect to additional messaging apps without writing or adding new code. The service is free, and you will only pay for the resources you consume.

ArchitectureGetting Started

Prerequisites

To follow the tutorial, you will need:

  • An active Azure subscription. You will need to login as owner of the subscription to host the bot service. You can sign up for a free subscription here.
  • An Evoq Content or Engage site with Evoq Liquid Content enabled

Also, to debug your C# bot locally using breakpoints in Visual Studio you will need:

For more information about how to setup the debugging environment, visit Debug with the emulator and Debug an Azure Bot Service C# bot on the bot framework documentation.

Content Index

  1. Setting up the recipes
  2. Creating the basic bot
  3. Setup continuous integration
  4. Debugging the bot on your local environment
  5. Customizing the basic bot
  6. Test your recipes bot
  7. Adding a webchat in your site
  8. Known issues

Hope this helps.

Un saludo and happy coding!

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