To create your first chatbot with the PullString Platform, make sure you've registered at http://pullstring.com/ and have downloaded PullString Author. Then, check out the above video!
You’ll use this Step-by-Step to create your very own knock-knock joke powered by PullString Author.
A few things to know before we get started:
- Intents ( ) and Rules ( ) represent something specific you're "listening for" from the user
- Fallbacks ( ) are "catch-alls" for when the user says something you didn't predict with your rules
- Responses ( ) denote a message from your bot
Go to http://pullstring.com/, create an account, and download PullString Author.
When you open Author for the first time, the new project dialogue will appear. In the
New From:field, under the
Example Projects, select
Conversation View, you’ll see some pre-populated lines and some placeholder lines for you to fill out. The bot begins with a response that reads “Knock Knock!” - double-click on the rule directly underneath it to fill out what you think the user will say (HINT: “who there”).
Double-click on the response below to continue creating your knock knock masterpiece. Continue in this way until all of the placeholder lines have been filled in. If you need some inspiration, click on the “Need A Hint?” in the
Category Viewon the left.
Test your bot by using the
Chat Debuggerin the lower part of the UI - click
Startand your bot will initiate. Interact with it by typing into the text field.
Once you’re happy with your bot’s performance, it’s time to publish it to PullString’s Sandbox chat client. To do this, simply hit the
Publishbutton in the upper
Main Toolbar, make sure the
Sandbox, and click
Publish. You’ll get a dialog telling you your bot was successfully published when it’s finished.
Go to pullstring.com and make sure you’re logged in. In the
Sandboxrow, click on the
Chatlink and begin chatting!
You're probably interested in building something more exciting than a knock knock joke. To play with more working examples:
- Go to
- Click on the
New From:drop down menu
- In the drop down menu, select one of the projects under
- Enter a new project name, if desired
- Click the
OKbutton to create your new example project
These example projects are your own working copy. Feel free to play around with, augment, or break them. If you do happen to back yourself into a corner, you can always create a new copy. In addition, feel free to publish these projects if you wish.
If you're ready to begin building a project of your own, you can also create a new project from one of the Templates in the
New From: drop down menu.
To learn about creating more advanced conversational experiences, we invite you to read through the rest of the docs.