New Channel Inspector Features

Earlier this year in February, we first announced the Bot Framework Channel Inspector. Since then, we’ve been upgrading this preview tool to support new feature releases as the Bot Framework evolves. The Channel Inspector now includes support for four additional channels: Bing Cortana Skype for Business WeChat In addition, for all channels you can now preview two new features: Adaptive Cards Suggested Actions….

Documentation PDF now available

We’ve received quite a few requests for an offline version of the documentation, so we’re happy to announce that you can now download the Bot Framework documentation as a PDF. With the PDF version of the documentation, you can easily search, highlight, copy/paste, and print articles. To get the PDF, click “Download PDF” at the bottom of the table of contents. The….

Bot Framework outage on July 25, 2017

On July 25, Bot Framework services experienced an outage that affected many bots. This outage has been resolved and details are included below. The root cause of the outage was due to the unexpected expiration of a Bot Framework registration within Azure Active Directory. The outage lasted approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. Scope of impact This outage affected bots….

Bot Framework degraded service on July 18th and 19th, 2017

On July 18th and 19th, the Bot Framework service experienced degraded service in 2 of our datacenters. The service has been restored to full health and details are included below. The root cause was a misconfigured maintenance job that resulted in high CPU across several servers and datacenters. Scope of Impact The maintenance job misconfiguration affected certain Azure Web Apps,….

Saving State data in SQL with .NET

Last week, we addressed a common customer question: “How can we manage our bot state data without relying on the default connector state service?” We provided one solution leveraging the botbuilder-azure packages available for nuget in .NET and as an npm module for Node.js. Those packages currently only support DocumentDB(CosmosDB) and Azure Table storage, in this article we’ll provide a step by….

Saving State data with BotBuilder-Azure in Node.js

We’ve discussed strategies to store state data for bots in .NET, in this article we’ll demonstrate how to do the same for bots built using the Bot Builder SDK for Node.js. In this sample, we’ll be leveraging the botbuilder-azure npm module to save our conversation state data to Azure DocumentDB. Initial Setup Ensure you have Node.js installed. You’ll need an Azure Account. Click here for a….

Saving State data with BotBuilder-Azure in .NET

The Bot Framework Connector State Service was created to ensure that bots built using the Microsoft Bot Framework can keep track of conversation state while the bot itself is stateless. The state service enables your bot to store and retrieve user data, conversation data, a conversation, or a specific user within the context of a specific conversation. A default implementation, using the Connector State….

Command Pattern architecture in your Bot using Scorables

If you are not familiar with the command pattern, click here to read about it. In this article we’ll show you how you can implement the Command Pattern using scorables, which will allow you to create an easily scalable architecture such that you can seamlessly add new features (commands) to your Bot in the future. What are Scorables? Within the Bot Framework .NET SDK, Scorables allows….

Debugging the BotBuilder SDK

Summary When you install the Bot Builder SDK (.NET) nuget package, the source code is already compiled (into a .dll) and by default, Visual Studio will skip over this code when you try to run it step-by-step using the debugger. The Bot Builder SDK module for NodeJS likewise includes already compiled Typescript. This quick guide will show you how to….