I recently got an email from a course student:
After taking your courses, I have some questions I would like to ask to be clear in some concepts before choosing the next step toward accepting real clients. (emphasis mine)
I got a little concerned after reading this message. My courses are intended for technical non-programmers, yes. But I have also written previously that you need an actual programmer to be able to build anything more than a very trivial Dialogflow bot. My courses will not turn you into a programmer.
By the way, the same is true for all bot frameworks. That is, you cannot avoid hiring a programmer by choosing a different bot framework. If anything, I would argue that Dialogflow is least code among all the “low code” bot frameworks and provides many features which will allow you to rely less on developers.
The alternative to hiring a developer is to become one yourself. But this isn’t a quick or easy process. Lots of companies and ideas have been built around trying to teach people how to code, and they aren’t always successful. They are rarely cheap.
But you still need to put in the work. That is why I point out that it is at least a six month long process.
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"The magic key I needed as a non-programmer" The custom payload generator was the magic key I needed (as a non-programmer) to build a good demo with rich responses in DialogFlow Messenger. I've only used it for 30 minutes and am thrilled. I've spent hours trying to figure out some of the intricacies of DialogFlow on my own. Over and over, I kept coming back to Aravind's tutorials available on-line. I trust the other functionalities I learn to use in the app will save me additional time and heartburn. - Kathleen R Cofounder, gathrHealth