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The Microsoft Bot Framework is a set of tools that let you create chatbots. A chatbot is a program that typically run in a messaging app, but are primarily conversational, rather than graphical. Searching the Web, reveals all the "Hellow World!" chatbots you can count - and they're all instructive as on-ramps, but practically useless. This presentation delves into an emerging set of tasks that all botmakers need to do. There are choices to be made around available ways to manage a conversation, how to customize the existing dialog types, and how to integrate natural language, via In the real world, we need to design chatbot applications so they perform well, scale, and are reliable - for this you'll learn about the Azure Bot Service. Since this isn't an intro, the on-ramp will be quick and anyone who wants to pick up the basics can visit Microsoft's Bot Framework site at I've also written a set of introductory blog posts at Everyone is invited and your chatbot questions are welcome.


Joe Mayo is an author and independent software consultant, specializing in Microsoft technologies. Joe has written 7 books, many magazine articles, and taught numerous on-line and in-person courses. His experience spans multiple technologies for desktop, cloud, and device. He is also author of the LINQ to Twitter open source project. Joe is a long-time MVP with several years of awards. His latest book is Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework by Microsoft Press. Joe lives in Las Vegas, NV and tweets (as @JoeMayo) about bots and #VegasTech on Twitter.


6:30pm - Doors open / Networking
7:00pm - News and announcements
7:10pm - Presentation
8:30pm - Wrapped Up

8:45pm -After-meeting social at Boardwalk restaurant (new place across form the Commons - Requires MSFT Employee to volunteer to walk folks across)


Please RSVP to attend. Bring your printed registration and show to volunteer at door. The volunteer will escort groups back to the meeting room.