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Building Slack Bots by Paul Asjes

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External API integration

Eternal APIs are third-party services hosted outside of our bot structure. These come in many varying types and are used to solve many different problems, but their use in tandem with bots follows the same data flow structure.

External API integration

The API call data flow structure between Slack, bot, and API service

We will build an example bot with API integration using a common and free-to-use API, namely that of the Wikimedia foundation.

Note

Be warned that while many APIs are free, there are many that charge when a certain amount of requests are made. Always check whether there is a fee before incorporating them into your bots.

The Wikimedia foundation ...

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