About a year after Google introduced the Hangouts Chat API, it is enhancing the ability to build chatbots by supporting both Dialogflow and Hubot. Dialogflow allows developers to leverage natural language processing to train bots. Hubot allows developers to build bots for multiple platforms.
Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
We head into the weekend with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We cover news of Fastly releasing an API allowing content providers to more efficiently purge content, Facebook's migration path for gaming developers using Flash and more.