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Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Bot Framework, Development

First Steps with Teams Development: Getting the basic Azure Web App Bot running locally

First Steps with Teams Development: Getting the basic Azure Web App Bot running locally

I use the Azure Web App Bot a lot in demos about Microsoft Teams development. It’s not the only means of Teams Platform development by any means, but everyone wants to build a bot and it’s a nice boxed demo I can show within a talk.

However, other than telling you that you can download the code and run it locally, and then showing me making changes to local code, I don’t actually show the process of doing that, mostly for brevity.

I’ve had some questions about exactly what you’re supposed to do in order to get the Web App Bot working locally in Visual Studio, so I put together a really quick video showing just that process.

If you’re doing this for the first time then you might also want to watch my video about using the Bot Framework Emulator.

I showed this video to fellow MVP Greig Sheridan who hit some roadbumps along the way, leading me to add this extra clarification: I’m using Visual Studio 2019 with all the updates. If you’re not doing this, make sure you have .NET Core 2.0 installed otherwise you won’t be able to use the Echo sample code. (If you have a lot of projects set up in a previous version of Visual Studio you can side-load 2019 alongside 2017)

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Written by Tom Morgan

Tom is a Microsoft Teams Platform developer and Microsoft MVP who has been blogging for over a decade. Find out more.
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