If the Slack team feels a lot more crowded this week, it’s because a dozen local developers learned some new techniques to quickly host their own chat bots at May’s MN Bot Makers Meetup at held at Intertech headquarters in Eagan.
Marty Wetherall, a local advertising expert, discussed two bot creation tools. First, he presented Dexter, a framework he utilized for a recent project. Dexter is a code-free platform for creating bots in Slack, Messenger, SMS, and Twitter. Dexter guides users through various branching topics, building the conversation through a flowchart-like interface. Marty was able to follow the get started guide to build a Slack bot that presented a cat or dog GIF, depending on which animal the chat partner prefers. He also led a discussion about BotMock, an interactive conversation planning tool for bot creators.
The MN Bot Makers Meetup takes place monthly and the events are free and open to the public.