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
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 replaces the previous Enterprise Template and provides additional capabilities. A typescript generator is also available.
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, CosmosDB, 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.