I am not trying to stage a denial of service attack. Why would I ever want to write a bot?
There are many positive and productive use cases for bots. Imagine a customer service support chat. As soon as a customer enters the support channel, a bot immediately identifies the customer and then:
fetches recent sales information from the sales dept server
fetches personal information from the customer database
fetches the latest notes made by her/his salesperson from the CRM system
scans the customer's Facebook and Twitter posts
obtains details of the last support ticket for this customer
Putting it all together and then private message the service rep with the information.
Another use-case is a load test bot; imagine a bot that accepts the command:
rocketbot loadtest europe 25, asia 50, usa 100, canada 10
This command specifies a distribution of test bot instances to be created across globally located data centers.
Once received, the bot:
parses the distribution
concurrently ssh to remote Kubernetes controllers and spawns the specified number of test bot instances to start the load test
The architecture of hubot-rocketchat looks interesting. Can you tell me more about it?
Sure, it is based on hubot-meteorchat. hubot-meteorchat is the hubot integration project for Meteor based chats and real-time messaging systems. Its driver-based architecture simplifies the creation and customization of adapters for new systems. For example, the hubot-rocketchat integration is just hubot-meteorchat + Rocket.Chat driver.
Learn more about hubot-meteorchat and other available drivers at this link