With Oracle Intelligent Bots, each state in the dialog flow invokes a component to perform actions that range from basic interactions like taking user input or providing a bot response, to complex interactions that, for example, call out to remote services for backend integration.
For standard bot functionality like setting variables and handling user interaction, Oracle Intelligent Bots provides a set of built-in components. For anything that you don’t find a built-in component for and for backend system integration you are required to write a custom component.
While the runtime of custom components is recommended to be in a container such as Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise (OMCe) for testing and production, the development experience when writing components in such environments is not as good as it could be. Debugging custom component code is one example that can be improved if development was outside these containers. In addition, any changes applied to the code when using OMCe during development require redeployment of the custom component, which is time consuming.
In this TechExchange article, I describe how to enable the OMCe Intelligent Bots samples to run locally in development. I will also show how debugging can be locally without losing any of the functionality provided by OMCe. Read the complete article here.
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