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Botkit vs Microsoft Bot Framework: What are the differences?
Developers describe Botkit as "Building Blocks for Building Slack Bots". Botkit designed to ease the process of designing and running useful, creative bots that live inside Slack, Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms. On the other hand, Microsoft Bot Framework is detailed as "Connect intelligent bots that interact via text/sms, Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services". The Microsoft Bot Framework provides just what you need to build and connect intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking, from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services.
Botkit and Microsoft Bot Framework belong to "Chatbot Platforms & Tools" category of the tech stack.
Botkit and Microsoft Bot Framework are both open source tools. It seems that Botkit with 9.25K GitHub stars and 2.03K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Microsoft Bot Framework with 5.69K GitHub stars and 2.2K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Microsoft Bot Framework has a broader approval, being mentioned in 12 company stacks & 13 developers stacks; compared to Botkit, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.
Hi, does anyone have recommendations for a chatbot framework? I am currently using Botpress, and I am not happy with it. The upside is: They pretty much have everything you can ask for in a bot solution, but the issue is: They did nothing right, the documentation is terrible, and you have this feeling of it falling apart at any time, which is what actually happened once.
My ideal solution would have:
- Support for Messenger and web (should either have a website chat plugin or straightforward integration with a different one)
- A visual builder (for none tech team members) | This is not a hard requirement though
- A slick DX for building simple things like API calls or more advanced stuff.
- We currently only have a "click bot," so no crazy NLP features required, but in the future a requirement
What I do not want: - I do not want a solution where "someone else" builds the bot for me
- OOTB integration with Messenger and you may use the Web Demo integration provided to embed it to your website. For Messenger, you even have some responses such as image responses, card responses and for those that are not available you can use custom payload.
- It has a very nice visual builder which can be easily used by non-technical builders.
- Fulfillment allows you to easily integrate your APIs.
Coursera has a very nice two-week course to learn how to use it.
Pros of Botkit
- Relatively easy to understand and help/active community3
Pros of Microsoft Bot Framework
- Well documented, easy to use18
- Sending Proactive messages for the Different channels3
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Cons of Botkit
Cons of Microsoft Bot Framework
- LUIS feature adds multilingual capabilities2