How to Write a Bot Script

Internet bots are computer programs that perform easy, repetitive tasks. Bots are often used in business, since they can take care of monotonous jobs quicker than an actual person could. Some bots can work on one computer while being controlled by another remote computer. While there are seemingly endless languages for programming scripts and many types of bots to choose from, there are a few basics to follow when planning your bot and writing the script.

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Bots can help businesses to run more efficiently.
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Choose the type of bot to create. Bots can do such tasks as send out an auto-answer instant messages, search the Internet for keywords, compile research notes, or send out bulk emails.

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Select the type of programming script that will be used to write the bot. Just about any programming language can be used to create a bot, so it’s best to choose one that’s already familiar. Examples of programming languages are C, TCL, Perl and Python.

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Look up the different script commands available for the programming language of choice.

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Read bot scripts written in the programming language to see how other computer programmers have written their own bot scripts.

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Write the script to respond to “On” commands. This means that the bot will react in a certain way to certain events. For example, an instant message bot can write back to a “Hello” message from a client with, “Please hold for the next available service representative” or “Type in your troubleshooting question.”