Finding Out When to Buy World Series Tickets with PHP, Guzzle, Seat Geek API and Twilio


Born and raised in Kansas City, I’ve been waiting my whole life to see the Royals win a World Series. This year “The Boys in Blue” have made it back to the fall classic and they’re playing the team that represents my adopted home, the New York Mets. I have my Royals cap ready and I want to support KC when they play in the greatest… Read More

Build Your Own IVR with AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway and Twilio

Build Your Own IVR with AWS Lambda, Amazon

My stomach is filled with butterflies. My mind is racing: “What could it be? I think I have an idea… but maybe I’m wrong. What am I waiting for?!?” Nothing quite tops the feelings you experience when someone gives you a gift. Our good friends at Amazon Web Services (AWS) stopped by the greatest city in the world for AWS Summit New York in July and dropped some super… Read More

20,000 Text Messages Under the Sea with OpenROV, Node.js and Twilio


Meet Rovie. Rovie is our underwater robotic friend here at Twilio: Rovie and Brent. Rovie is the one on the left. Over the past couple months myself and fellow Developer Evangelist Brent Schooley have been teaching Rovie to swim and send underwater pictures whenever she gets a text message.  Last week at That Conference we took Rovie to her first party and he enjoyed swimming in the beautiful pool at… Read More

Building a Random Friend Dialer Part 1: Getting Started with Rust and Iron


Few things make me happier than taking a stroll in Brooklyn and crossing paths with someone I haven’t talked to in a long time. But living in a city of eight and half million people this serendipitous moment doesn’t happen nearly enough. Lately I’ve been wondering if I can recreate some of the magic of this experience using technology. In this series I’m going to show… Read More

Automate Your Mac Via SMS using JavaScript for Automation, Node.js and Twilio


JavaScript is eating the programming world. Look around and you’ll see JavaScript in places people never would’ve expected 10 years ago. There’s JavaScript running on servers. There are more front-end JavaScript frameworks than you can shake a stick at. And there’s even JavaScript on my dog! Lucky me because I love JavaScript. A few months ago at BrooklynJS I was super excited to discover a new way… Read More

How To Build Your Own Hackpack


In a just a couple of weeks, developers from around the world will be joining us in San Francisco for Signal. For some Signal attendees, the speakers will be the highlight. For others, it’s getting their hands on the new video SDK. There’s also a good chance that $bash will steal the show. Whatever part of Signal you’re most excited about, you can also look forward… Read More

Get Notified When Someone Posts An Article From Your Domain on Hacker News Using Node.js, Firebase and Twilio

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Last October Hacker News launched their official API and I’ve been trying to find an excuse to play with it ever since. The idea finally hit me last week: what if I built an application that notified me via SMS whenever someone posted a link to my domain on Hacker News? Hacker News is known to drive a ton of traffic and I probably want to… Read More

Create a Browser-Based Photobooth with JavaScript, PHP and Twilio

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On one of the first dates I went on with my wife Hannah we stopped at a photobooth and snapped a collection of silly pictures. Those pictures are still some of my favorites we’ve taken together. Eight years later and we still try to stop at photobooths whenever we see them. But I always have one feature request when I use a photobooth, I wish they… Read More

Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 2 – Building iOS Front End With Swift


I have to fill out a “forgot password” page at least once a week. That’s probably why I’m so excited about passwordless authentication. Passwordless authentication is a system where the application you’re logging into generates a one time use token for you to log in with and delivers that token via SMS or some other means. You can then verify this password from the device you… Read More