How To Create a Spooky Halloween Hackpack with Laravel and Arduino


I found myself trapped in what seemed like a terrible dream. Visions of ghosts and bats blinking at me in the darkness were revealing what looked to be a foreign language. As I peered closer I caught a glimpse of what looked to be dollar signs and weird arrow shapes. Could it be? Yes, it was in fact my worst nightmare: having to work with a… Read More

Creating Web Components in Ember.js 2.0

Creating Ember Components

Web developers have traditionally had a limited choice when it comes to markup tags in HTML. We have basically been limited to what the W3C defines. As web applications become more sophisticated there is a rising need for the ability to create our own tags to represent regions of functionality within them. There are specs currently in process at W3C which aim to address this need. The… Read More

Using Ember Data With Firebase


One of the most important things in evaluating client-side JavaScript frameworks is how easy it is to access data. Ember.js makes data retrieval and manipulation a breeze with a library called Ember Data. Ember Data provides ORM functionality that works with any backend using adapters which map operations on model objects in the frontend to the database persistence layer in the backend. There are many adapters… Read More

Getting Started With Ember.js 2.0 Using Ember CLI

Getting Started with Ember 2.0

When it comes to front-end JavaScript frameworks we have a lot of choices as developers. One of my favorites Ember.js just released version 2.0 making this the perfect time to get started using it. Ember is used by many great companies with the most notable application being Apple Music. In this post we’ll get our Ember development environment set up and build a small sample application…. Read More

Hackpacks Shine at Signal


A few weeks ago we welcomed the Twilio community to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion for Signal. One of our favorite parts of the show was watching what developers built with the swag we provided. As part of celebrating developers everywhere we gave each attendee a very special backpack nicknamed the “hackpack”. The hackpack includes a littleBits-powered 8×8 LED matrix that lights up a small square on… Read More

Light Up Your Hackpack With the Adafruit NeoMatrix Library


Signal is almost upon us. That means that in just a few days we’ll be handing out hackpacks to every attendee of the conference. The hackpack contains a littleBits-powered Adafruit NeoPixel 8×8 LED Panel that can be programmed to display whatever you can fit onto its display. If you haven’t already read it, check out our recent post detailing what hardware is in the hackpack and… Read More

Passwordless SMS Authentication Using Xamarin


Let’s face it: passwords are a liability. If a password is easy enough to remember it’s probably not secure. This leads to using applications such as 1Password to manage very secure passwords for us. It’s not an ideal situation but it works. It works right up until major websites get their databases hacked. Chances are someone has seen one of your beloved passwords before. Take a… Read More

TaskRouter and the Internet of Things

The King of Cool

There are millions of devices hooked up to the Internet and generating data, from refrigerators monitoring their contents to webcams tracking intruders. These connected devices, collectively referred to as the “Internet of Things” often create work that needs to be done by humans. How do we keep track of all that work? How do we assign that work to an appropriately skilled and available worker? How… Read More