Meet The Engineers Behind Slack: Brenda Jin Talks About Maintaining A Beloved API

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I meant for this story to narrowly focus on Slack’s API. But after interviewing Brenda Jin, I couldn’t help but zoom out a bit. She studied to be a professional opera singer, worked as a one, and now is a Senior Platform Engineer at Slack. Don’t worry, I’m not going to traffic in platitudes or make a chart of what music and engineering have in common…. Read More

One HTTP Request From Stardom: How Alan Shreve Built ngrok Using Go

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Learning a new programming language is as fun as it is challenging. You’ve probably used all sorts of techniques to learn from quickstarts to cloning to banging your head against a manual. If I may butcher the English language – It’s frunstrating (fun + frustrating). Alan Shreve wanted to learn a new programming language – Go. At the end of his foray into Go he had… Read More

Triggering SMS And Voice Notifications For IoT Devices

Triggering SMS And Voice Notifications For IoT Devices

People throw around the term “the internet of things” as if there’s an internet essence in all devices that you unlock via secret code. The truth is connecting one device to another and building a truly awesome bit of IoT hacking takes some engineering. But after that engineering you get sofas vibrating to music, and IoT connected boxing gloves. Getting up and running with connected IoT… Read More

Building Video Chat with IBM Watson, Twilio Video, and WebRTC

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In Houston,TX patients drive from all over the state to receive treatment at a leading cancer clinic. Some patients commuted six hours each way. Last year, that cancer clinic completely eliminated their patients’ commute, letting patients communicate with doctors from the comfort of their own home via video chat. IBM Developer Advocate, Jeff Sloyer, shared the story of the Texas Clinic at last year’s Kranky Geek… Read More

Bit By Bit: Brendan Dawes Crowdsources Storytelling Via Text for Airbnb

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Many developers can build a project that’s greater than the sum of its parts. But few work with as many parts as Brendan Dawes. Where one of Dawes’ skill sets ends, a new one begins. He transitions easily from hardware tinkering, to front end coding, to back-end database management, and then onto 3-D printing. Dawes’ project range from a Happiness Machine, to a digital representation the… Read More

EmoPhone: How To Build A Twilio-Powered IVR Using PHP and ngrok

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Before cell phones, there were only landline phones. In high school, I frequently called the person I had a crush on at home. Calling a semi-private phone number to have private conversations was always a rough time. I hoped against all odds that my crush would be the one answering my call and not their parent or sibling. Awkward conversations with disapproving fathers were plentiful in… Read More

Ghosts of Subscriptions Past: Trim Cleans Up Your Charges Via Text

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In 2016, we are reticent to put a ring it. Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO commitments all come with a caveat — we can leave at the end of the month. The problem is it’s easy to lose track of the commitments we make, and the monthly fees we incur to as serial subscriber to all sorts of platforms. The subscriptions quietly snowball, unbenounced to the… Read More

Setting Up Trello SMS Alerts with Twilio and Zapier

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“At work, nothing can be said to be certain except blog posts and adventure time gifs.” When I’m not busy butchering Benjamin Franklin quotes, I help manage Twilio’s blog. Blog posts, drafts, and ideas for posts are constantly in flux. To keep tabs on the whole operation, I use a project management tool called Trello. Trello looks like a digital corkboard for you and your team’s… Read More

Promises, Promises: Oddly Studios Builds A Photobooth with NodeJS, RaspberryPis and Twilio MMS

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The team from Oddly Studios flew across Canada with 4 RaspberryPis, 4 big LCD screens, 4 iPads, and one Ubuntu PC in tow. This was all they needed to build and deploy a Twilio MMS powered photobooth. An automobile manufacturer in the Big Three wanted to use the photobooth alongside their feature attraction at Calgary Stampede, a rodeo expo show. Oddly Studio’s client built out a… Read More