When you are building an agent on Dialogflow, it is important to set up webhook fulfillment especially when your agent grows and has a number of intents. It becomes difficult to manage those intent and intent handlers, especially when you are dealing with any 3rd party API or building a multi-channel agent within the default provided Inline Editor(Powered by Cloud Functions for Firebase). So, it’s a good idea to create and set up a webhook server from your local codebase.
So, let's create a NodeJS webhook fulfillment
- Create an agent, it will have Default Fallback Intent, Default Welcome Intent and enable webhook call for Default Welcome Intent
Now enable the webhook call for this intent. You can find the option in the fulfillment section at the bottom.
Similarly, enable webhook call for Default Fallback Intent. This option lets your agent call the webhook API with a post request. You can enable webhook calls for all those intents that required some backend processing, database query, or any this-party API integration.
2. Now let's create the webhook server.
create app.js file, add one API route with ‘/dialogflow’. All the agent webhook requests will be handled by this route.
When the agent will grow, it will have a number of intent based on different functionality. It is recommended to create a different intent handler file, based on the feature.