Disclaimer : This could be stupid but just wanted to pitch you guys a feature
You guys have opened the platform for community in the form of feedback and forum interactions why not let them contribute back to the platform directly as well.
Q) What can a end user build for hellotars platform ?
An extension/plugin or what so ever you name it.
Imagine there is a plugin store within hellotars which anyone can access and enable for their bots. For example a patym payment plugin,
which once added to a bot enable the account holder to collect money from users. Or a Gifmaker plugin,which once added will help user generate gif according to the subject given,
or a google sheets plugin which will help user read a sheet and access the contents of the sheet they specify.
Q) What will be the components of a plugin ?
Account details of the owner, client keys for securing access etc
User response values collected during bot interactions
Eg: user’s mobile number, amount to be transferred, etc.
Directly accessible responses without the need of parsing the response
Q) Why a plugin ?
1. Code re-use
Re-use the functionality used within a bot in another bot with out the need of copying contents from one bot
2. Contribution to the community
A plugin that user created can be made available for others using hellotars community and can also be looked at a possibility of monetizing plugins based on usage by community.
Also by this you won’t have to break your head on educating users on how to use API calls for different purposes like google sheets integration, gif maker integration etc, you can create plugins for all that.
3. Keep it simple
Not everyone is comfortable is making an API call and parsing the response elements. Instead if there was a plugin which gives users the ease to add to their conversation journey
and let users’s receive a set of fixed response elements, it will make the development process much simpler.
Eg: A OTP validation plugin of Way2SMS which after configuration details will ask for input parameters as a mobile number and will give the user a response of successORerror flag and message.
I was just trying to say that if there was a way to bundle API calls along with some conversation gambits in to a plugin, it would have been great.