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  • By August Allard
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    Ask just about any programmer why they like to write code, and I’ll bet you a giant slice of chocolate cake that every single person will give at least one of these answers:

    • “I love making things!”
    • “I love learning how things work!”
    • “I love solving problems!”

    Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the reasons why people like to write code, but the exclamations in this list have reliably and recurrently come up when I get into conversations with fellow developers. Often, these developers will tell me that not only do they love making things, love learning how things work, or love solving problems, they have actually always enjoyed these things, even in their childhood.

    This unique collection of interests — building, learning, solving — is the longstanding core of my identity.

    How it started

    In elementary school, Mrs. Elliott was my daycare provider and watched over me …

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  • By Lizzie Siegle
    Build a SMS Haiku Generator with Twilio Serverless and Datamuse haikuheader2.png

    Get ready for National Haiku Poetry Day on April 17th and celebrate National Poetry Month all April! A haiku is a three-line poem where the first and third lines contain five syllables while the second line contains two. This tutorial will go over how to build a haiku generator via SMS using the Twilio Serverless Toolkit and the Datamuse API. Text a word like "code" to +14243392702 to receive a haiku relating to that word, as seen below.

    code sms example

    Prerequisites

    1. A Twilio account - sign up for a free one here and receive an extra $10 if you upgrade through this link
    2. A Twilio phone number with SMS capabilities - configure one here
    3. Node.js installed - download it here

    Make and Test the Function Locally

    Let’s write a function that generates a haiku according to SMS input. The Serverless Toolkit developed by my teammate Dominik helps us debug our Twilio …

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  • By Liz Moy
    Build and Deploy: How COVID-19 Accelerated Telemedicine Build and Deploy Season 2 Episode 1

    Build and Deploy with Liz Moy is a curiosity-driven technology podcast. This season, we’ll be talking to developers and technologists in healthcare about what they’re building to make the world a healthier place. Experts in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine  will help me understand why it took so long to get here, and we’ll dive into what the future of telemedicine might look like.

    Our first episode is a conversation with Jeff Lawson, CEO and Co-Founder of Twilio and Dr. Erica Lawson, pediatric rheumatologist at UCSF. Twilio Head of Global Healthcare Services, Susan Lucas Collins provides an expert point of view around the shifts that have happened. And Dr. Tim Peck of Curve Health and IDEO shares why there has never been a better time to be a founder working in healthcare technology.

    Subscribe and Listen on: APPLE PODCASTS | SPOTIFY | RSS | STITCHER …

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  • By Liz Moy
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    Healthcare Resources and Tools

    Twilio.org COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Grant Round and Support

    To support global vaccine distribution and administration, Twilio.org is providing $10 million in grants, $1 million in product credits, and committing 1,000 volunteer hours to support organizations that are helping underserved communities get vaccinated. If you’re working on vaccine distribution for underserved communities, we encourage you to apply for support. Apply here.

    Build a COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List

    A new Quick Deploy app to quickly launch a COVID-19 vaccine standby list is now available for public health agencies. Deploy the template here.

    Build a Call Overflow System with Twilio Studio and Serverless

    Telephony systems for healthcare provider offices are overloaded with calls due to vaccine appointment scheduling. As …

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  • By Diane Phan
    How to Send a Picture on WhatsApp Using Twilio and Python header - How to Send a Picture on WhatsApp Using Twilio and Python

    The WhatsApp Business API from Twilio is a powerful, yet easy to use service that allows you to communicate with your users on the popular messaging app.

    In this article, we’ll walk you through how you can develop a functional Python program to send an image to a user through WhatsApp.

    Twilio WhatsApp console with an image and message "check out this owl!"

    Prerequisites

    To follow this tutorial you need the following items:

    The Twilio WhatsApp sandbox

    Twilio provides a WhatsApp sandbox, where you can easily …

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  • By Nikki Rubin
    Building Your Startup’s Customer Engagement Roadmap Building_Your_Startups_Customer_Engagement_Roadmap.jpg

    Twilio Startups is designed for early-stage founders building the future of communications with Twilio and Twilio SendGrid. From the launch of your startup, customer engagement is key to building meaningful connections and improving customer experience. To help you in your startup journey, check out the Twilio Startups Customer Engagement Canvas below for startup founders looking to plan their communications roadmap and create lasting customer relationships. Read on to start building your own Customer Engagement Canvas and access the latest research from Twilio to help your startup grow and scale.

    Why is building a customer engagement roadmap important for startups?

    Customer engagement is the emotional connection between your company and your customers—these sentiments strongly influence buying decisions. Unsurprisingly, customers who actively engage with a business tend to be more loyal and customers spend more money supporting brands they feel connected to.

    In business, like in life, you should always have empathy …

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  • By Valeriane Venance
    Send a WhatsApp Message in 30 Seconds with Ruby how-to-send-whatsapp-message-ruby

    Do I need to introduce WhatsApp? If you are reading this article, you are probably familiar with it, but in case you don't, WhatsApp is a cross-platform centralized messaging and voice-over-IP service that allows people from all over the world to communicate via text and voice calls.

    In this tutorial, you will learn how to send your first WhatsApp message using the Ruby programming language and Twilio.

    A bit of configuration, 30 seconds of code and you’ll be done!

    Requirements

    To follow along with me, you will need:

    Getting started

    Create a new folder called ruby-whatsapp on your computer, this is where we are going to create our code files.

    Install dependencies

    We will need the following gems:

    • bundler for avoiding permissions error
    • twilio-ruby …
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  • By Miguel Grinberg
    How to Send an SMS in FastAPI with Twilio How to Send an SMS in FastAPI with Twilio

    Twilio is all about powering communication and doing it conveniently and fast in any language. But if you have a Python application written with the asyncio package, it may not be completely clear how to translate the examples from the documentation into non-blocking code that works well with an asynchronous loop.

    In this tutorial you’ll learn how to properly deliver SMS notifications from a FastAPI application. The techniques shown here are also applicable to other asyncio frameworks.

    Project demo

    Tutorial requirements

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  • By Bharat Murali
    Launch Your First Twilio Segment App with No Code: Don’t Miss a Single Customer Win No Code Segment Integration CodeExchange

    Back in October, we released Quick Deploy apps in Beta – providing easy-to-configure applications that let you launch a Twilio project with no code. It wasn’t much later that we welcomed Segment to the Twilio family.

    Today, we're excited to announce our very first Twilio-Segment app in Twilio’s CodeExchange.

    Who should use the Twilio Segment Quick Deploy App

    If you own or run a business, understanding your customers deeply is critical to your success. Knowing who your customers are and reacting to their actions and needs are difficult tasks to accomplish in the digital world without adding needless friction. Engaging with the customer at the right time is essential.

    This is where Segment and Twilio come in. Segment allows you to observe and understand your customers while Twilio provides you with the channels to engage with them at the right time – and in the right medium.

    This Quick …

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  • By Vijay Devarapalli
    The Benefits of “Consumer Profile” eSIMs for IoT devices ConsumerProfiles_BlogHeader.png

    eUICC SIMs (aka eSIM) present a significant step forward in cellular connectivity for IoT devices. What does the architecture look like for implementing eUICC SIMs? This article provides a technical deeper dive and explains the benefits of the so-called Consumer Profile architecture over M2M Profiles.

    The convenience of deploying SIMs digitally

    If you are deploying a fleet of IoT devices, you don’t have to worry about buying SIMs, getting them shipped and clearing customs, managing an inventory of physical SIMs and having a process in place for swapping SIMs when needed. eUICC SIMs eliminates all of that by converting a physical SIM into a digital profile that can be downloaded on-demand onto an eUICC SIM.

    For unmanaged IoT devices, eSIM/eUICC means you can deploy once and never have to visit the device location for a SIM swap to change your connectivity provider.

    eUICC SIMs are also known popularly as eSIM, …

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