Uses the Bot Builder v4 SDK
This extension lets you create advanced conversational experiences (Bots) from within Visual Studio. With the extension, you can create a bot project via
File -> New -> Project.
You can find an Virtual Assistant project template under
Virtual Assistant Template
Creation of a high quality conversational experience requires a foundational set of capabilities. To help you succeed with building more complex, assistant-like conversational experiences, we have created an Virtual Assistant Template. This template brings together all of the best practices and supporting components we've identified through building of conversational experiences.
This template greatly simplifies the creation of a new bot project. The template will provide the following out of box capabilities, leveraging Bot Builder SDK v4 and Bot Builder Tools.
This template replaces the previous Enterprise Template and provides additional capabilities. A typescript generator is also available.
- Introduction and returning user Adaptive cards conversation start. It explains the bot's capabilities and provides buttons to guide initial questions. Developers can then customize this as appropriate.
- Basic conversational intents (Greeting, Goodbye, Help, Cancel, etc.) in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Chinese. These are provided in .LU (language understanding) files enabling easy modification.
- Example responses to basic conversational intents abstracted into Response files.
- Transcripts of all conversations stored in Azure Storage
- An integrated Dispatch model to identify whether a given utterance should be processed by LUIS + Dialogs, Skills or passed to QnA Maker.
- Integration with QnA Maker to answer general questions and deployment of a example personality chit-chat model.
- Integration with Application Insights to collect telemetry for all conversations and an example Power BI dashboard to get you started with insights into your conversational experiences.
- Works out-of-box with Bot Framework Skills and Skill Template.
In addition, all of the Azure resources required for the Bot are automatically deployed through a provider Azure ARM template: Bot registration, Azure App Service, LUIS, QnA Maker, Cosmos DB, Azure Storage, and Application Insights. Additionally, base LUIS, QnA Maker, and Dispatch models are created, trained, and published to enable immediate testing of basic intents and routing.
Once the template is created and deployment steps are executed you can hit F5 to test end-to-end. This provides a solid base from which to start your conversational experience, reducing multiple days' worth of effort that each project had to undertake and raises the conversational quality bar.
The Virtual Assistant template documentation page has further information.
If you have any questions please start with Stack Overflow where we're happy to help. Please use this our GitHub Repo issue tracking capability to raise issues or feature requests.