Building a Chatbot with Laravel and BotMan
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Building a Chatbot with Laravel and BotMan

About the Book

Building a Chatbot with Laravel and BotMan is a hands on guide to building your own personal chatbot. You'll learn how to onboard new users, allow them to access your latest articles, push out new articles in real-time and respond to smalltalk. Amongst other things, we'll cover onboarding, conversations, initiating the sending of messages to users as well as touch on natural language processing.

By the end of the book, you will have learnt the core skills needed to start building your own fully featured and tested chatbot in PHP.

About the Authors

Joe Dixon
Joe Dixon

Hi, I'm Joe!

You can find me at ubisend where I work as CTO, spending the majority of my time writing the code the powers our awesome ubiquitous messaging platform.

I specialise in server-side development and enjoy crafting applications in PHP, often opting for the Laravel framework as my weapon of choice.

I have been writing code since 2008 after embarking on a degree in Media Technlogy and Web Development. During my studies, I realised quickly that I got a real kick out of making web pages dynamic and interactive. This led me learn more and hone my skills, which resulted in a first class honours degree. I have been working ever since building new as well as updating and maintaining existing web-based software applications.

I am lucky enough to have an amazing wife and young daughter and when not sculpting code, I enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. I also like to keep fit and travel as much as time allows.

Eric L. Barnes
Eric L. Barnes

Eric L. Barnes runs and operates Laravel News, a site bringing the Laravel community all the latest news and information about the framework, and is a full-time product engineer. He has worked with PHP and various web technologies for the past 14 years.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • What Is a Chatbot?
    • Examples
    • Why Should You Build a Chatbot?
    • Prerequisites
    • What Are We Going to Build?
    • Technologies
  • Planning
    • Onboarding
    • Presenting a List of Articles
    • Pushing Out Articles
    • Mailing List Subscription
    • Small Talk
  • Getting Started With BotMan
    • Installation
    • Drivers
  • Building a Driver for BotMan
    • ubisend
    • Building a ubisend Driver for BotMan
  • Onboarding
    • What Makes a Good Onboarding Experience?
  • Triggering the Onboarding Sequence
    • Persisting Users
    • New User?
    • Triggering the Onboarding Sequence?
    • Ignoring Other Commands
  • The RSS Parser
    • Writing an RSS Parser
    • Importing the Feed
  • Delivering a List of Articles
  • Signing Up for the Mailing List
    • Asking a Question
  • Pushing Out Content
    • Preparing the Articles for Sending
    • Sending the Messages
    • Marking Messages as Sent
    • Firing the Job
  • Small Talk
    • Setting Up Dialogflow
    • Wiring up the Chatbot
  • Testing
    • Testing That a New User Will Trigger the Onboarding Sequence
    • Testing an Existing User Does Not Trigger Onboarding
  • Conclusion
    • So What Have You Learned?

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