Twilio on Rails Part 3 – Adding Contextual VOIP Using WebRTC to Your Rails 4 App

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Welcome to the final part of our series on integrating Twilio with your Rails 4 app. In Part 1 we walked through signing-up for a free Twilio developer account, getting a phone number and processing an inbound phone call. In Part 2 we secured the webhooks, used Twilio’s REST API to send outbound SMS and MMS and processed delivery receipt notifications. In this post we are… Read More

Phonestagram – Fun with Photo Filters Using Node, Hapi and CamanJS

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For reasons that I have never been able to put my finger on, I have resisted signing up for Instagram. This was true before they were acquired by Facebook and is still true today. This is somewhat odd, because I generally consider myself an early adopter and haven’t hesitated to sign-up for new services in the past. I decided that perhaps I had misjudged Instagram, so… Read More

Convert Videos on Your Phone Into Animated GIFs Using Node, Libav & Imagemagick

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One of the great ironies of the last few years has been the explosion in popularity of the animated GIF. Just as browsers were finally starting to embrace cutting-edge technologies like WebRTC, WebSockets and WebGL, a technology first supported by Netscape 2.0 in 1995 completely took over cultural landscape on internet. You can’t read a sports blog, a tweet or even go to a technology conference… Read More

Twilio on Rails Part 2 – Securing Your Rails 4 App and Sending SMS/MMS

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Welcome to Part 2 of our series on integrating Twilio with your Rails 4 app. In Part 1 we walked through signing-up for a free Twilio developer account, getting a phone number and processing an inbound phone call. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through: Securing your webhooks so that only Twilio may access them Using Twilio’s REST API to send outbound SMS and MMS… Read More

Twilio on Rails – Integrating Twilio With Your Rails 4 App

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In this blog post I’m going to walk you through the basics of integrating Twilio with your Rails 4 application. We’ll cover signing-up for Twilio, purchasing a phone number and connecting that phone number to your Rails app. But first I’d like to tell you a story. Long before I joined Twilio and became a Developer Evangelist I was a small business owner who needed to… Read More

Votr Part 5: AngularJS and CRUD Using RESTful APIs

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Join the conversation on Reddit! This is the fifth and final part in a series of blog posts about building a real-time SMS and voice voting application using Node.js and TwiML. I began working on this application during some downtime at a Startup Weekend event back in the summer of 2012. It was both an excuse to learn Node and build a reusable app for something… Read More

Shipping a Developer Week

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Last year I wrote a blog post about shipping my first conference. I attended dozens of conferences prior to that and it was shocking how hard it was to put together even a modest 200-person event. I learned that running a good conference was much more than just gathering people together for a series of talks; it was about creating an experience. Based on the feedback… Read More

Votr Part 4: AngularJS and Authentication with CouchDB

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This is the fourth part in a series of blog posts about building a real-time SMS and voice voting application using Node.js. In part one, we created the Node.js application and captured incoming votes over SMS and stored them in a CouchDB. In part two, we created a real-time visualization of the voting using Socket.io and Highcharts. In part three, we tweaked our app to scale… Read More

Seattle Hacks – Using Github Pages and Jekyll To Finally Create The Noiseless Hacker Calendar

After about a year of working for Twilio as a Developer Evangelist in Seattle, I was still having trouble answering simple, recurring questions: What are the best developer meetups in Seattle? Are there any cool hackathons or conferences coming up? Why do developers love bacon so much? These are questions asked by developers and should be answered by developers. So some friends and I got together… Read More