How to Build Chat Bots: From Beginner to Intermediate
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How to Build Chat Bots: From Beginner to Intermediate

Learn how to build bots on Slack, Facebook Messenger, Smooch, Twilio, and more
4.1 (99 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,784 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the Architecture of a Chat Bot
  • Be able to Build a Resume Chat Bot through Twilio
  • Be able to Build a Customer Service Bot with Slack and Smooch
  • Be able to Build a Workout Bot with Facebook Messenger
  • Be able to Market your Bot to a bigger audience
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Requirements
  • We recommend you use MacBook when building Bots
  • For all projects on the web, please use Chrome or Safari
  • Main Tools for the Course: Smooch, API.ai, Facebook Messenger, Twilio API
Description

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Have you ever wondered how chat bots are made?

Why are chat bots the next big trend?

How can I build chat bots that are cool?

If you ever wanted to understand the space of Bots or build them yourself, then take my course "How to Build Chat Bots: From Beginner to Intermediate". I designed it in a practical way so that when you finish the content you can immediately put it into use. 

Now, why should you build bots?

Bots are the next big trend according to media journals, silicon valley companies, and web developers. The barrier of entry to build a bot is low enough, but the amount of traction you can get is enormous. This is why startups like Slack have built a billion dollar business around it. Now, we are in the early stages of this trend and in order to stay ahead you must learn a thing or two about bots. More importantly, how to build bots which I teach in this course.

This course contains over 20 lectures and 1.5 hrs of content. It's designed for beginners to play with new platforms in the bot space. You’ll learn the tools needed to build the bots, how the inner workings of bots, how to map a user conversation, and market your bot to your friends.

Course Structure

The course follows a familiar structure where in each video I will teach the concepts followed by the student applying the concepts practically. If your goal is to become a better developer, you should understand node.js, server side development and how to access certain APIs to build better bots. The course does not go deep into API integration of bot responses. This means we won't be building complex models, AI driven bots, or multiple API driven bots. That would be for an expert course. 

Environment Setup

This course aims to simulate a live in-person course as much as possible. After you finish each lecture, you should practice and try the solution on your own. You learn the best by practicing and doing. 

Projects

At the end of each section, you will be asked to complete a bot which you can then share with your network or on the Udemy network. 

Testimonials from other Techustler Courses and the Instructor

“Great set of videos Nick! I really liked the format of the videos with you in the corner of the screen showing us how to use the website. Cool songs you use at the beginning of each video. It really gives off the vibe that your course is hip and up-to-date with modern times. You do a great job of keeping of with the times. Stay modern, but classy at the same time Nick!” - Penelope

“The course is amazing so far. I didn't know you could do so much with Slack. I can't wait to build the on-boarding site and start bringing users into my community. I highly recommend this course.” - John

"He is a crafty problem solver, coming up with clever solutions to solve problems on schedule. When we worked together on a project, he quickly came up with and implemented UI solutions for the app to finish on time." - Doug

"Nick is highly focused and is the type of person who puts in the time and effort to solve a problem while not sacrificing quality. His attention to detail led to his design of a creative and great looking app." - Christine

"Nick's great at guerrilla customer development, he knows how to analyze data and make strong connections to the market. He understands the user flow when solving their problems." - Taso

"It was a highly positive experience working alongside Nick at DigaBlue and with the work ethic he has, I am certain that he will produce great results in his future endeavors." - Saif

"Nick is an aspiring tech entrepreneur with what I would consider a strong passion and desire to learn more and excel in the evolving digital age. He is an experienced programmer with a track record of creating both his own website and various mechanical devices." - Elliot

"Nick taught me so much, and invested a good amount of time being my mentor--teaching me to become a better non-technical leader." - Rohan

What is the target audience?

This course is designed for people with little or no experience with chat bot making and who want to build the next cool product. By the end of the course, you’ll have valuable skills that will help you be creative and resourceful in your pursuit of building products (hopefully in the bot space :)

Next Steps

Now it's time to become a Techustler and join me in registering for the course. I can’t wait to have you on board!

Who is the target audience?
  • You do not need to be in development to take this course, if you are in development it's a bonus
  • Be confident in trying something new, bots are not hard. It just takes some practice
  • Understanding how to use Node.js
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30 Thank-you
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About the Instructor
Nicholas "Techustler" Ivanecky
4.2 Average rating
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7,634 Students
7 Courses

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I’m a product manager with 4 years of experience in both web and mobile products. I have worked on professional assistant mobile applications to local business advertising solutions on the web. Until recently, I led the product team for WeBeam, a professional networking tool focused on enhancing attendees’s experiences at events. In this role, I managed the development of WeBeam from idea to live product. I created user flow diagrams and PRDs, collaborated with marketing to develop the user-interface and worked alongside engineers during development, QA, and user testing. Successes included growing pre-launch signups 5% WoW, getting featured in 13 press articles like Product Hunt and LinkedIn Pulse, and driving traffic through AEO, Twitter Scripts, and Email Lists. Previous experience includes being a marketing associate at Digablue where I researched market needs, created messaging for the company’s website, and developed HTML email campaigns.

Outside of work, I enjoy developing iOS mobile applications with 4 currently in the App Store. I help my fellow product managers through my open source Open Product Management Repo that helps technical people learn the skills to become better PMs. More recently, I starting teaching frameworks I learned at my startup through the Techustler Brand on Udemy. Topics include growth hacking, building bots, creating communities, and marketing on Twitter and Instagram.

Specialties: Customer Development, Pitching, Prioritizing, KPIs, Agile Development, PRDs, QA, User Testing, Product Management Xcode, GitHub, BitBucket, HTML, CSS, Mobile iOS Development, watchOS, Swift, JSON, Firebase, Sketch, InvisionApp, Prototyping, A/B Testing, Usability Tests, Mixpanel, Google Analytics, Balsamiq