What are the best resources for building your own bot?

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    #1Chatbots Magazine

    Chatbots Magazine
    Chatbots Magazine is the place number one to learn about chatbots. Edited by Matt Schlicht, articles written by 400+ botmakers and counting.
    Websites

    Free

    Ronald Cruz
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "Chatbots Magazine specializes in all things related to chatbots. It claims to be the number one place to learn about them. It has over 400 botmakers submitting articles. I would say it does a fine job of addressing the problem."
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    #2Bot Builder SDK

    Bot Builder SDK
    The Bot Builder SDKs provide libraries, samples, and tools to help you build and debug bots. To get started building bots, download the SDK for the platform you are using, either C# on .NET or Node.js.
    Other

    Free

    Jack Patel
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "This Bot Builder SDK is an amazing resource for anyone looking to get started building your own bot. It not only provided initial reading material to be prepared, but the examples and samples really helped me see what some of the options would be. I recommend this for anyone as their first step when looking for how to start bot building."
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    #3Api.ai SDK Slack

    Api.ai SDK Slack
    API.AI's Slack Integration makes it easy to create your own Slack apps and bots and train them to understand natural language.
    Other

    Free

    Mildred Newman
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "This seems to be very "high tech". Coming from me where isn't the "most techy", things on the app were somewhat hard to understand. Seemed like an overload of information. It was really rough to follow the flow of say setting up the bot and such and could definitely see the average users maybe looking for something a little simpler. "
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    #4Glitch

    Glitch
    Glitch is a friendly community where you'll build the app of your dreams. If you get stuck, just raise your hand.
    Websites

    Free

    Vivaan Dutta
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "To quote the site, "Glitch is the friendly community where you'll build the app of your dreams." This is an interesting site, so take a look and enjoy!"
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    #5Bots: An introduction for developers

    Bots: An introduction for developers
    In this article, you can read all about bots, how bots work and how to make your own bot focused in Telegram bots. If you're a new developer in this area, the post is especially interesting for you.
    Websites

    Free

    Alexander Pierce
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "Bots are hot. I'm not in the know, but this article (focused on a subset ... bots in telegram) gave me a good idea of what's possible. There's probably a bot that teaches you about bots! Looks very powerful, and I'm intrigued. "
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    #6Rebot.me

    Rebot.me
    Rebot.me is a great new service out there for you to use. It basically allows you to create your own personal chatbot, which you can then implement on your own website for certain purposes.
    Websites

    Free

    Steven Nguyen
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "It says " people have a wrong notion that creating and managing a chatbot is a difficult and involves complex programming." Well one would of course think that and I believe that a good one still requires that to be honest. I tried it out and really you are just making a digital answering amchine with some personality and smalltalk. Strictly for fun"
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    #7Botsify

    Botsify
    Botsify is a platform for people and businesses to make their own artificially intelligent chatbots for smooth customer response experience, with no coding involved.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Roger Schneider
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "I've been in charge of managing the social media front of my business, but I have very limited resources to really respond to any comments made there. Often times the information asked for in these comments is obvious information, but hard to disseminate. I've seen some very effective chat bots and robo callers that can disseminate this information, but I never had the technical know how to implement these myself. I was surprised to come across Botsify. It's a service that easily grants access to laymen to a programmable bot that fulfills this need. The bot isn't perfect, its obviously no living and breathing human, but its usually extremely helpful and it's far better than not having any interact-able aide. After it was set. I asked it about some information about my company, and it answered most of the questions exactly right!"
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    #8Chatfuel

    Chatfuel
    Chatfuel is a chat bot platform for creating chatbots on Facebook Messenger to engage with your audience on messengers without coding.

    Websites

    $13- Varies by plan

    Keith Lee
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "Chatfuel makes it so easy to build your own chat bot. There is no programming needed so even I could handle this task. They keep it simple but, if you need it, they have people standing by to help with any issue you could come across. Don't know how I ever got along without this."
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    #9Smooch

    Smooch
    Smooch is a richest messaging platform for developers, apps, and businesses. This platform provides you with everything you need out-of-the-box to deliver the best messaging experiences.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Joshua Hill
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "I was looking for a way to build my own bot for web purposes and came across Smooch. Smooch is very easy to use and very aesthetically pleasing, which helps, and let me build exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend this platform!"
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    #10Beep Boop

    Beep Boop
    Beep Boop is a ridiculously simple developer platform for Slack integrations. Hosting, analytics, deployments, and development tools.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Larry Mendoza
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "With Beep Boop setting up a bot for slack is as easy as could be. I can even program it in any language I want. You will need to have some coding knowledge but the rest of the integration is made simple with Beep Boop. Give it a try today!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for building your own bot
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Chatbots MagazineWebsites 18 Free
2Bot Builder SDKOther 14 Free
3Api.ai SDK SlackOther 13 Free
4GlitchWebsites 11 Free
5Bots: An introduction for developersWebsites 10 Free
6Rebot.meWebsites 7 Free
7BotsifyWebsites 6 Free
8ChatfuelWebsites 4 Paid
9SmoochWebsites 2 Free
10Beep Boop Websites 1 Free
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