Use AppHarbor to Power Your Twilio App and You Could Win a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7

high2git push appharbor master. That’s how easy it is to deploy your apps to AppHarbor, a new company that’s revolutionizing how easy it is to deploy and host your .NET apps in the cloud. After you’ve pushed your changes, AppHarbor will build your project, run any unit tests present and publish the site when everything checks out. Not only is it the fastest way to get your .NET apps live on the web, it’s also a fantastic hosting platform for running Twilio apps.

51w5s50w5vL._AA280_For this week’s Twilio developer contest, we’ve teamed up with AppHarbor to reward the best AppHarbor-hosted Twilio app with some great prizes:

  • Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7
  • $500 in AppHarbor credit
  • $100 in Twilio credit

The contest ends Sunday February 6th at 11:59pm PT. Entries should be submitted using the official contest entry form.

How Do I Win?

This category is wide open. If you’ve built an app with ASP.NET or WebMatrix you can deploy it to AppHarbor for free. Representatives from Twilio and AppHarbor will be selecting the most impressive entry to win the prizes. If you’ve previously entered but didn’t win, spruce up your app, push it to AppHarbor and enter again!

I’m new to using Twilio with .NET, where do I start?

Twilio is a simple API for sending and receiving phone calls and text messages. Because our API works completely over HTTP, building powerful voice apps is as simple as a POST request. Our API consists of two parts. You can use the REST API to initiate new actions like placing an outbound call, sending a text message or adding a phone number. To control calls, we use a simple XML dialect called TwiML. With TwiML, it’s easy to speak text, play audio, gather input, record audio and much more.

To make things even easier, we’ve put together a simple library for accessing the REST API. Members of our developer community have also contributed projects for working with our APIs. Tony Gravagno created Twilio Server Library to assist with both the REST API and generating TwiML. Tyler Kline recently released a TwiML helper. I also maintain a REST API wrapper on GitHub.

If you have any questions getting started, email help@twilio.com or start a discussion on the forums and someone will help you right away.

Ready, Set, Go!

Two simple APIs, one powerful combination for building phone and SMS-based apps in the cloud. Sign up for your free AppHarbor account, build a Twilio app, and win yourself a fantastic phone!