Tips for streamlining your environment variable management during development.
Environment variables (ENV Vars) will likely be an important part of your configuration. Each message platform component, NLP component, and others will likely require one or more API keys.
Most production environments will provide a way for you to specify your production keys. But for development, we recommend using the dotenv gem. This gem will allow you to specify a .env file in your bot repo from where you can set all of your environment variables.
Xip will automatically exclude the .env file from git.