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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Build a Humor Hotline with Node.js, Express, and Twilio Programmable Voice humorhotline2.png

    Have you ever just, like, really wanted to hear a joke? Well, even if you haven’t, now you can, all thanks to my Humor Hotline powered by Twilio Programmable Voice!

    But in case you don’t like my jokes, I’ll teach you how to build your own humor hotline in this tutorial. After you finish building this JavaScript-powered voice app, you’ll be able to submit your phone number through the hotline’s website and get a phone call with a joke!


    This app uses the following tools and technologies:

    App Overview and Set Up

    On the frontend of the app, there is a simple web form that accepts a phone number.

    When the form is submitted, the data is sent via a POST request to an API endpoint you’ll soon create with Express. At this endpoint, you’ll use Twilio Programmable …

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Build an SMS Word Guessing Game with Node.js, Express, and Twilio Build an SMS Word Puzzle with Express and Twilio.png

    Have you ever wanted to bring a high tech approach to a low tech game? Well you’re in luck, because with this tutorial you’ll be able to build a basic word puzzle using Twilio Programmable SMS. Forget pen and paper - this is the twenty-first century, and when we do stuff, we do it over text!

    The game works like this: Players try to piece together a word or phrase by guessing individual letters. At first, their only clue is the number of letters in the word. They keep guessing letters until they are able to guess the entire word, or until they run out of lives.

    Screenshot of build your own SMS game play


    To follow along with this guide, you’ll need the following tools and software:

    Install …

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Introducing JS Developer for Technical Content, Ashley Boucher Introducing Ashley Boucher

    GIF with quote "Hey! It's Me!"

    I’m sitting on my friend’s patio, over eight feet away from her, because this is how socializing happens in the time of the coronavirus. She asks me about my new job and I attempt to explain.

    “But what exactly will you be doing?”

    Before responding, I try, in the expanse of only a moment, to distill the complexities and multitudes of both Twilio as a company, and of my new role as a technical editor for the Twilio blog into a single, eloquent, explanatory sentence. I stumble with my words. I wish I could write it down. The truth is, I’m better with a pen and paper. I always have been.

    Writing has been my chosen medium since I first developed the ability to make legible marks, back in kindergarten when my afternoons were spent tracing letters with an oversized pencil.

    A Childhood of Writing

    My first completed body …

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