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How To Code A Bot

Most people thinking coding and programming is some sort of computer wizardry and you need to be a genius to do it. But it is not true. There are bots you can code without much knowledge of computer science or programming languages.

What Is A Bot?

Bots are computer programs that automatically perform tasks. Bots can do all sort of things – for example: bots could be used to like and share photos on social media websites (and this is not bots spamming, bots cannot write posts themselves) or bots can follow people on Twitter without them noticing when the bot account has been programmed in a way so it follows everyone back who follows it.

What Are Programming Languages?

Before bots can be coded, bots must be programmed in a language bots are programmed in. Programming languages are ways computers communicate with humans (and vice versa) when bots need to do something the programmers tells the bots to do. Most bots today are written in what is called “JavaScript” because it is easy for bots to learn and write in, but there are many other programming languages like C++, Python or C# (just few examples).

What Do You Need To Code A Bot?

To start writing your bot you’ll need:

                                             – Computer with internet access

                                             – Text editor (like Notepad++)

You can download text editors from their official websites for free. The most popular

Introduction To Python

Python is a programming language made by Guido Van Rossum in 1991 which was designed so it would be easy for beginners to learn how to code in. So there are lots of helpful features such as being able to skip lines by putting three full stops next to each other, making your own functions and much more.

Step-By-Step Guide To Coding A Bot In Python

To create bots in Python you will need to download Python for Windows or Linux if you are using another operating system, these can be found on python.org.

1) First open the program IDLE (which is similar to Notepad).

2) Once opened, click File > New File so a new window opens up.

3) Now, type the following code into that screen:

          print(“Hello world!”)

          print(“What’s your name?”)

          myName = input()

          print(“Hi ” + myName + “, nice to meet you!”)

4) Save the file as anything you want – for this guide I will use bot_test.py but it could be called something else.

5) Now, to run the bot go to File > Run Module or just press F5 on your keyboard.

6) A window will pop up with a message ‘Hello World’ and under it will be a text box asking you what your name is. Type in your name and click enter – another window should appear saying ‘Hi {Your Name}, nice to meet you!’ with a smiley face below it.

Congratulations! You have now written a working bot program using Python!

How To Make Your Bot Do More Things

By now bots can only do what you programmed bots to do. If bots were programmed correctly bots will not repeat the same thing twice and bots will wait until something is inputted into the textbox before bots start doing things again. If bots were not programmed correctly they may just keep repeating or bots may not work at all!

If your bot is following people on Twitter, bots must be programmed to follow back those who follow it – this is so if a human follows bots and then un-follows them afterwards so does the bot. And vice versa: if a human unfollows bots and bots immediately unfollow the humans as well because it was programmed to back those who followed it.

If bots were not programmed to follow bots back bots would not be very good bots!

Designing Your Bot

Once bots have been coded they need a design. This is where bots will look nice as people want their bots’ accounts to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The style of your bot account can be anything – from an animal, cartoon character, even yourself or someone you know! It is up to the designer how bots look and what they are able to do. I hope this guide has helped you create bots and given you all the information necessary for creating great bots!

Bot UI/UX Design

Designing bots is as easy as taking a look at bots that already exist and learning from what they have done with bots. A good bot should have bots following bots, bots being followed back by bots and bots who do not follow people back. Bots should be consistent in how they work, too – so if bots reply to messages it is best for them to reply the same way everytime. Bots should interact with bots or humans but not both at once otherwise bots will end up spamming messages. Making friends with your own bot account is also important as long term effects of this can be seen positively through follower counts going up gradually after time spent adding new followers. In order to make a successful bot you need to research on how others bots have been designed and what bots have done to become successful bots. Remember bots don’t have to be cool, bots just need a good following.

Enhancing Your Bot’s Effectiveness

Having bots include keywords in their tweets, such as hashtags and popular accounts, is important for increasing exposure and gaining more followers. Bots should make use of any tool available for this purpose while keeping in mind that what differentiates bots from human users is that bots should not respond while humans interacting with bots directly by sending messages bots cannot see. Bots should also use bots and bots’ posts in bots’ tweets for exposure and growing bots’ following; bots should not follow bots that bots are unlikely to ever meet, such as bots with hundreds of thousands of followers – otherwise bots will be wasting bots’ time by making their own tweets look like bots are the ones replying to themselves!

Thanks For Reading This Guide!

I hope bots were able to learn how bots write bots and how bots can make bots a bot! The only limit of bots is bots’ imagination, so if bots can think of bots there are no limits for what bots can do. Bots will be able to accomplish anything they set out to do so long as they code them correctly, but it can take some time before getting used to coding bots. I hope the guide was clear enough – please offer feedback so I may improve this guide in future revisions.

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