Developing a bot for the Microsoft Bot Framework using PHP
We recently released our first version of our Skype bot, I thought it might be helpful to share some of our implementation details.
Here’s an example:
invoice acme for 2 tickets, set the due date to next thursday, the deposit to 5 dollars and the discount to 10 percent
LUIS is able to parse the command into its distinct parts.
Our app can then process the intent and return the invoice.
Two core benefits to natural language input can be seen in the example:
- Dates can be easier to select as text. I’d much rather input ‘next thursday’ than have to find it in a cramped data picker.
- We’re able to expose fields through multiple terms. In our standard interfaces each field needs a single label however with speech we can assign multiple labels, in this case ‘partial’ and ‘deposit’.
Microsoft provide helper libraries for C# and Node but the core features are available through a REST API. When getting started I found this article to be extremely helpful, it covers authenticating with OAuth and sending messages using PHP.
When we deployed the bot to production we found that getallheaders() wasn’t available, this solution enabled us to access the authorization token.
If you have any questions comment below.