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  • By Alex Baban
    Engineering for Peace of Mind with Twilio SMS and the AWS IoT Button ZZCMxWWjLt9FSj1SRMS8EOcZP3L5fg4ImlLt0gVBT2yM3w_DCHlhE6txIwVVzLYvy89rJEZ6G-544NdetnIXR-Y4qchnKaCRUqG_Xx8dODQ7SUImHMYgumaLpn8fwVKz-Oh7CJSB

    My octogenarian dad still lives independently.

    He does not enjoy his son calling him every night and interrupting his movie-watching. Some nights he's not even at home yet because he's chilling at the pub across the street. He also forgets to charge his cell phone on a regular basis.

    These are all the things running through my mind when I want to check in with him and know everything is fine.

    What are we going to build

    As a software developer, I want my dad to have a button handy where he can "SINGLE click" to tell me "I'm fine, good night" with a text message. After a  "DOUBLE click" I want to receive a text message like "Call me when you have time." When dad gives the button a "LONG click" I want to receive a text message and a voice call with "I need your help now ...

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  • By Alex Baban
    Sending Text Messages with Red and Twilio red-twilio.png

    Red is a next-gen programming language, strongly inspired by REBOL. It is both an imperative and functional programming language.

    Red is different from other languages. With Red we'll be able to cross-compile GUI applications into stand-alone executables about 1 MB in size. As Gregg Irwin (Red Community Manager) puts it, we will look like superheroes, but our sidekick is the one doing all the work.

    What are we going to build

    "A picture is worth a thousand words", our stand-alone GUI application will look something like this:

    Red GUI

    It contains an input field for the destination phone number, another input field for the body of the message and a "Send" button. Pretty simple. Let's build this! (Oh..., and let's do it in 50 lines of code or less, no Xcode, Visual Studio or things like that, Red has the "batteries included".)

    Setting Up for Development

    To get started we need:

    • A ...
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