Do you describe yourself as "technical, but not a programmer?". You are probably a Maker .
Are you tired of reading Dialogflow tutorials which assume that you have some background in coding and do not explain why the code is the way that it is?
Are you spending 100s of hours trying to figure out the information for the gaps in the tutorials?
You will find lots of useful resources - tutorials, templates, training and tools - for learning Dialogflow quickly and systematically on this website.
Create Dialogflow webhook without writing code (or going anywhere near GitHub)
Recently I conducted a webinar which explained how you can actually create a functional webhook without writing code.
Watch the full webinar.
Create a data driven Dialogflow webhook
While non-programmers are comfortable using spreadsheets, databases are an entirely different matter.
However, you need to use databases to create any kind of non-trivial bot in Dialogflow. At the same time, a full blown database is difficult to install and maintain. If you are creating an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) bot, you don't need to use such a full blown database.
What if I told you that there is a database which is really easy for non-programmers to use? Not only that, but you can in fact have a working Dialogflow chatbot which uses a NodeJS based webhook to fetch data from this database? And you can build the whole thing in a very short time? [Note: I am not suggesting I will teach you how to code. I am just pointing out that it is possible to get this set up end to end without learning to write code]
Check out my guide which shows you how to do this.
How to rely less on your developer
As a Maker, you might want to understand more of your bot and rely less on your developer to get things going.
So let me first tell you all the ways you will end up relying more on your developer:
- Using default context lifespan
- Not understanding slot filling
- Not learning the basics of webhooks but instead concentrating on cool and shiny new stuff
Now, I think you need a developer on your team to create any kind of non-trivial Dialogflow bot. However, if you as a Maker would like to have a clearer picture of what is going on in your bot, you should follow an approach that will help you rely less on your developer.
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