Monitoring Cryptocurrency Prices using JavaScript, Twilio Functions and SMS

Check Bitcoin prices with Twilio Functions

Twilio recently introduced Functions, a serverless environment to build and run Twilio apps. With Functions, you can build simple Twilio applications in JavaScript without worrying about configuring servers, finding a place to host TwiML or tunneling to localhost. Let’s get acquainted with Functions by building an app that monitors the price of cryptocurrencies. The finished app will use CoinMarketCap to send us pricing information via SMS about any… Read More

Verify Phone Numbers with Java and the Twilio Lookup API

Twilio Lookup is a simple REST API  for obtaining information about a phone number. Lookup can determine if a number exists, its type (landline, mobile, VoIP), and its carrier (Verizon, Sprint, etc) association. Lookup can also check if a number is able to receive text messages as well as format numbers into a standard format. Let’s validate phone numbers using the Twilio Java library and the Lookup API and make the code easy to port… Read More

Stripe SMS Notifications via Twilio, Heroku, and Python

I recently started a small business using the online platform Storenvy. Storenvy integrates with Stripe, a popular online payments platform. As a small business owner, receiving notifications as soon as orders come in is critical. Emails are easy to miss, forget about, or overlook, but one thing I never fail to read is a text message. What if it were possible to receive a text message… Read More

Real-Time SMS with Erlang, ChicagoBoss and Twilio

In this blog post we are going to use a functional approach to creating a web application with Erlang and the Chicago Boss framework. Our application will display incoming SMS messages in real-time and allow you to respond to them in your browser using the Twilio API. If you’re just interested in seeing the finished code for this blog post, it can be found on my Github here…. Read More

Getting started with Spring MVC and Twilio

Getting Started with Spring MVC and Twilio

In this tutorial we will take a very beginner look at Spring MVC and use it build a ‘Hello World’ style application. We will then take that what we’ve built and turn it into a SMS sending and voice calling application using theTwilio REST API. Spring MVC is a framework built on top of Java servlets that provides the components needed to build web applications using the model-view-controller… Read More

Create a Standalone Voicemail Using Java and Twilio

Why is receiving voicemails still such a pain in 2015? With landlines you need to deal with overpriced and outdated hardware. On mobile phones you need to call a number, enter a password, and sift through the voicemails until you reach the one you want. Wouldn’t it be easier to just receive a text message to listen to a new voicemail? Fortunately, Twilio plus a little… Read More

Docker Workflow on OSX in 60 Seconds

Getting started with Docker feels more like a game of Simon than it does learning a new tool. Using Docker on OSX requires, at a minimum, boot2docker and docker. Multi-container applications require docker-compose, as well. It’s extremely easy to confuse the interfaces for each of these applications. For example, build, up, start, stop, ps, and save are commands shared across two, if not all three of the… Read More

Building A Group Messaging App with Meteor, MongoDB and Twilio

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Meteor framework, and with their adoption of ES6 coming later this summer now is a better time than ever to try it out! In this post, we are going to build a simplified GroupMe clone using Meteor, MongoDB, and Twilio. The app will serve as an SMS group messenger that will let us create groups of phone numbers and blast a text message to… Read More