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  • By Dotun Jolaso
    Build a Webhook Notification System in PHP with Lumen and Twilio SMS Build a Webhook Notification System with Lumen and Twilio SMS.png

    Webhooks are generally automated calls made from one application to another, triggered whenever a specific event occurs. Each webhook transfers a payload to the receiving application. For example, Twilio uses webhooks to let you know whenever certain events occur such as an incoming SMS message or a phone call.

    A really good use case is when you'd like to be alerted via SMS when different events occur on any third party services integrated with your application. As long as they provide webhooks, we can build a notification system around that.

    In this tutorial, we’ll be using Lumen, a fast micro-framework by Laravel and Twilio to create a reusable notification system for any kind of webhook.

    Technical Requirements

    To follow along, you’ll need the following:

    Setting up Lumen

    There are different ways to set up a new Lumen …

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  • By Dotun Jolaso
    Build a Spoiler App in PHP with Twilio SMS and Laravel TV Show Spoiler App with Twilio SMS & Laravel.png

    In this tutorial, we’ll be building an SMS application that sends out spoiler alerts to our friends every week after the show has been aired. We’ll be making use of Twilio’s Copilot feature to learn how we can send outbound SMS to a large number of people at once.

    Technical Requirements

    To follow along, you’ll need the following:

    Create New Laravel Project

    Let’s install a new Laravel project via the Composer create-project command. From your terminal, run the following command:

    $ composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel twilio-got-spoiler
    

    This will install a new Laravel project for us in the twilio-got-spoiler directory.

    Creating Models and Migrations

    We’ll be needing two migrations. One for storing the spoilers to be sent out and the other for storing the phone numbers that should receive those spoilers.

    From your terminal, run the following command:

    $ …
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  • By Dotun Jolaso
    How to Build an SMS Payment Notification System for Stripe with Laravel stripe-sms-notifications-cover-photo.png

    For many online stores, it’s important as a business owner to be able to receive real-time notifications whenever a sale occurs in your store. In this tutorial, we will be looking at how we can achieve real-time notifications via SMS using Twilio’s REST API whenever a new sale occurs on your store.

    Technical Requirements

    To follow along, you’ll need the following:

    Create A New Laravel Project

    To get started, we need to install a new Laravel project. There are different ways to go about this, but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll be using Composer. If you’d prefer an alternative, you can visit the docs to learn about the different ways to install a new Laravel project.

    Open your terminal, and run the following command:

    $ composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel twilio-stripe
    

    This will install …

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