I am (planning on) using the Microsoft bot framework to build a chatbot I am working on. However I simply cannot wrap my head around why the chatbot needs to be registered with Azure.
My line of expectation going into this was the same as any other .NET project. I build it, I deploy it to my own server and I live happily ever after.
I have bought two books on the subject and yet after going through online videos, the books and articles I still cannot see a good reason for why one is forced to register the bot. I feel like Lisa Simpson in that episode of The Simpsons where there is a puzzle that is super easy and everyone understands it but her. I know I am being blinded by my own assumptions and expectations going into this.
If anyone can explain the 'why' of the registration that will really help. I am also wondering if Azure went down like AWS did if that would stop the bot working?
My backup plan is just to write the bot using ASP.NET web API and then connect to it from a web container and facebook. Neither of which needs the registration.