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  • By Marcus Battle
    Send SMS Notifications to Your Supabase Users Using Node.js and Twilio Send SMS Notifications to Your Supabase Users Using Node.js

    It’s been argued for the last ten or more years that most apps we love are just opulent CRUD apps. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, CRUD is an acronym that outlines the common ways in which users interact with data — creating, reading, updating, and destroying it.

    From Instagram to Slack, many apps at their core are just mutations of user data. We might call them likes, favorites, DMs, tweets, or posts, but whatever the micro-interaction, it's all user data. As with any great idea, the only difference is how the data is organized and polished into a specific user experience.

    At some point in building your communication-based application, you’ll need a database to store your own users and their data. Whether you need to save chat history or store media from an SMS, a database can help you keep track of every user interaction for future use.

    Recently, …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    PHPを使用しTwilioアカウントの残高を確認する方法 check-twilio-account-balance-php

    この記事はMarcus Battleが執筆したこちらの記事(英語)を日本語訳したものです。

    PHPを使用しTwilioアカウントの残高を確認する方法

    開発者の皆さんは、コミュニケーションベースのアプリを開発する際に重要となる、コストのリアルタイム監視について気にしていますか。例えばSMSの一括送信アプリケーションを構築中で、あるメッセージを1,000人の購読者に送る必要があるときを想像します。このSMSには(米国では)$7.50($.0075/メッセージ)かかると分かりますが、それを送信するためにアカウントで利用可能な残高がどのくらいあるか分かりますか。答えはコンソールから確認することができますが、アプリ内でAPIを使用する必要があるたびにTwilioアカウントにログインするのは手間です。

    APIを使用する前にコストを計算するPHPアプリケーションを構築する場合には、このチュートリアルが最適です。アプリケーションは、SMSを送信する前に残高を確認したり、または通話分数の使用が多すぎる場合に警告したりするものかもしれません。ユースケースにかかわらず、この手短なチュートリアルは、PHPアプリへのアカウント残高の連携に役立ちます。

    はじめに

    このチュートリアルでは、ステップ数を最小限にするようにしています。作業開始に当たり、多くの要件や、フレームワークのインストールは必要ありません。その代わりに、以下の設定とインストールを予め確認してください。

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Create a Real-Time Note Collaboration Tool using Twilio Sync, Node.js, and Express.js Create a Real-Time Note Collaboration Tool using Twilio Sync, Node.js, and Express.js

    One of the brightest spots in the future of communication-based apps is the ability to create real-time communication between various devices. Document apps such as Google Docs, Notion, and even iOS Notes are made possible due to the ability to synchronize state and data in real-time.

    Twilio Sync makes this same functionality possible by offering two-way, real-time communication between browsers, mobile devices, and the cloud.

    In this tutorial, we're going to use this state synchronization service to create a real-time note collaboration tool using Twilio Sync. When completed, all users will be able to co-browse the same notepad and type a document together in real-time.

    If you’re still not clear on what Sync does, consider that I wrote this tutorial in Notion. Their synchronization service allowed me to seamlessly switch between my phone and their desktop app without revision conflict. This is the power of real-time synchronization!

    NOTE: …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    How to Send 1000 (or more) Text Messages in PHP Without Timing Out How to Send 1000 (or more) Text Messages in PHP Without Timing Out

    PHP developers of all experiences are painfully aware that your script may not execute if it takes longer than 30 seconds to process. There’s nothing worse than failing to do proper testing and finding that your code doesn’t scale in production.

    In a previous tutorial, I shared how you can calculate the script execution time of sending SMS messages. At the conclusion we discovered that each message takes about .33 seconds to send, meaning that PHP’s 30 second timeout will allow you to send 90 messages before failure.

    So what do you do when you want to send more than 90 messages? What about 1000?

    Unfortunately, if you want to send bulk SMS (or WhatsApp) messages using the standard Programmable Messaging API, it’s not going to scale in PHP. Great engineering practices would suggest that you break apart your requests and run batches asynchronously. However, Twilio engineering has …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Calculating Script Execution Time in PHP to Send an SMS with Twilio Calculating Script Execution Time in PHP to Send an SMS with Twilio

    New PHP developers may not be aware that every script you run has 30 seconds to complete. If your API requests, database transactions, and data processing don’t complete in time, you will experience a server timeout. This is because PHP's max_execution_time helps prevent poorly written scripts from tying up the server.

    Most developers will spend time Googling workarounds instead of focusing on the fact that this behavior is not a bug. In reality, people shouldn’t wait a whole minute or more for your page to load or process to complete within the browser. It’s just not an ideal user experience.

    In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to measure the time it takes to send an SMS with Twilio Programmable Messaging for better application performance. At the conclusion, you will have learned how to:

    • Build a simple script to send an SMS in PHP
    • Use PHP’s microtime() function to measure script …
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  • By Marcus Battle
    How to Check Your Twilio Account Balance using PHP How to Check Your Twilio Account Balance using PHP

    Developers often forget that when building a communication-based app it’s important for you to monitor costs in real time. Imagine you’ve built a bulk SMS application and need to send one message to 1,000 subscribers. You already know that (in the US) this SMS will cost you $7.50 USD ($.0075/msg), but are you aware of the available balance on your account to send it? The answer is in the console, but it’s tedious logging into your Twilio account every time you need to use the API within your app.

    If you’re building a PHP application that needs to calculate API costs before use, this tutorial is for you! Maybe your application needs to check your balance before sending SMS or alert you when you’ve used too many voice minutes. Whatever the use case, this quick tutorial will help you integrate your balance into your PHP app.

    Get Started

    This …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Custom Laravel 7 Email Verification with Twilio Verify and SendGrid Custom Laravel 7 Email Verification with Twilio Verify and SendGrid

    When you allow users to register with your application without verifying their email addresses, you decrease the likelihood of being able to contact them again. If they’re allowed to sign up with an incorrect email address, there’s no guarantee that they’ll navigate to their profile and fix it later.

    Email verification exists to correct this user experience flaw. When implemented correctly, email verification allows a user to sign up and receive a secure token sent to their email to confirm that they’re both real and have provided the correct email address.

    By adding verification to any step of your user‘s journey, Twilio Verify allows you to fight fraud before it starts and verify users with email, SMS, or voice.

    In this tutorial, you’ll be using Twilio Verify and SendGrid to override the default verification logic in Laravel and roll out your own system.

    It’s important to note that Laravel comes …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Reduce Spam Registrations in WordPress with Verification Emails using Twilio Verify Reduce Spam Registrations in WordPress

    It’s no secret to WordPress owners that the platform running their website and 35% of the Internet is a spam magnet. Its popularity has caused hackers to push the limits of their creativity, releasing spambots across a third of the Internet. This means that less-secure websites suffer from exploitations and data integrity issues.

    Whether you are hosting your favorite cooking blog or The New York Times, your WordPress website needs extra prevention to stop fraudulent activity. That’s why we’re creating an email verification system and incorporate it directly into the WordPress user registration flow to reduce fraud. At the end of this tutorial, you will have a custom WordPress plugin that sends a secure email to every registrant before they can access their account.

    Why Not Use WordPress’ Default Confirmations?

    If you’re unaware, WordPress does include email confirmation for new registrations, but this alone doesn’t prevent skilled hackers from …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    How to Debug and Fix PHP Mail in Localhost How to Debug and Fix PHP Mail in Localhost

    Sending emails in your local environment using PHP’s mail() function should be straightforward. The function is 20-years-old and one of the most integral parts of any web application; email.

    If you’re not familiar with mail(), it’s a single function that only requires three arguments—a recipient, subject, and message—to deliver an email via one line of code. Sounds simple, right?

    Well, if you’ve actually tried to use the function in your local environment, you know firsthand that it’s not always that easy. You’re probably reading this tutorial because you’ve experienced the mail() function not working out of the box yourself. Maybe you’re even one of the 343K viewers of this unresolved, 5-year-old Stack Overflow ticket.

    So why isn’t my PHP mail function sending any mail?

    The truth is, there could be a number of reasons why your emails aren’t arriving in inboxes. However, I’ve found that most of those …

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Create a Video Conference App using Laravel, PHP, and Vue.js Create a Video Conference App in Laravel 7.png

    During times where we can’t be together physically, video conferencing helps reinforce and establish relationships by allowing us to monitor visual cues sometimes lost over the phone. Conference calls are great, but studies show that when we can’t see who’s talking, we’re more likely to get distracted by our favorite apps. Not only is video conferencing an excellent way to increase focus during meetings, but it’s also a great method for keeping in touch with family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

    In this tutorial you will learn how to create your own video conferencing app in Vue.js, using the Laravel framework and Twilio Programmable Video. There is no software to download, nor tutorials to follow. The final result is a link to a mobile-friendly video chat room, capable of hosting up to 50 participants.

    NOTE: This tutorial is written specifically for Laravel 7+ (although it may …

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