Abbot’s Electric Dreams

Tips, ideas, and information on getting the most from Abbot, your ChatOps assistant.

Andreia 'Shana' Gaita is an Abboteer

Today marks Shana’s first day as an Abboteer (yes, we’re going to try and make that term a thing) joining us all the way from Portugal! Shana is known for diving deep into a challenge. She enjoys gaming, diving, and redefining which way is up.

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Support User Interactions With Buttons

Abbot skills get a lot done despite being text-based; but sometimes a human just wants to click a button. With the latest release of Abbot (0.15.0-beta), Abbot supports user interface elements such as buttons. This enables skill authors to create approval workflows, simple games, and more within chat.

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Subscribing to cloud events with Abbot

In my last post, I wrote about writing a sparkly skill in Abbot. That was fun! But Abbot isn’t only about fun. After all, our company name is A Serious Business, Inc. Seriously, that’s the name. So it’s about time I show you how to get to some serious business with Abbot.

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Writing Sparkly Abbot Skills With C#

In my last post, I wrote about some of the interesting elements of C# we take advantage of to make argument parsing in Abbot with C# nice.

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Argument parsing with Abbot

Most Bot skills strive for a more natural language feel to arguments passed them. For example, to remember something with Abbot you can use @abbot rem haacked's blog is And then later recall it with @abbot rem haacked's blog. Or just @abbot rem haacked because Abbot uses fuzzy matching.

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Introducing Abbot, a powerful ChatOps tool for collaborative work

Collaborative work is difficult enough when located together in an office. It can present new challenges when working remotely. When I worked at GitHub, one powerful tool we used that left a lasting impact on me was ChatOps. In fact, GitHub may have created the concept. If not, they were certainly one of the first.

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