How to Build A Twilio-Hosted Group Messaging Service with Sync, Functions and SMS
With Twilio’s services you can manage your own group SMS application for Scheduling business meetings, planning wedding activities, parties, or a dinner get together. A friend of mine uses group SMS for family communications among his siblings and parents.
Don’t like Facebook? Or someone you want to include in your group doesn’t use Facebook or WhatsApp? No worries, use SMS. Yes, everyone with a mobile phone has an SMS app because your phone comes with an SMS app. You’re Group SMS app ready for group messaging.
The blog, How To: Set Up SMS Broadcasts in Five Minutes, says, “SMS messages are opened 98% of the time within minutes of being received. When you need to reach your constituents quickly and consistently, there’s no better medium than SMS.”
This blog gives you the configuration steps to communicate quickly and effectively with your friends, colleagues or customers ...
Working with iOS View Animations and Transitions in Swift
If you use an Apple device, you’ve probably seen a bunch of animations from third-party apps or Apple’s stock apps. If you ever wished you knew how to do that, but thought it looked too complicated, your wish is about to come true. Follow along with me and you’ll discover that creating animations in iOS is not only uncomplicated, but also fun.
Animations grab a user’s attention and allow them to focus on what’s important on the screen. Animations also highlight changes on the screen and can help a user learn to navigate your app. But who are we kidding, everyone loves animations. They’re just so cool.
Tools You’ll Need
To follow along with this tutorial, assuming you are an iOS developer looking to explore the world of animations, you will need a couple of prerequisites:
- A Mac running the latest point release ...
Build Your Own Smart Auto Response Bot with Python, Flask, Twilio SMS and the CleverBot API
If you are looking for a beginner Twilio project or a new texting buddy, this tutorial is for you! Using the Twilio and CleverBot APIs you will make a Flask app that texts CleverBot, which is an AI you can chat with that learns from its conversations.
You will need a Twilio account with a phone number that can send and receive SMS. In the console navigate to the "Buy a Number" page. Make sure to check off SMS under capabilities and then hit the search button. Any number will do, so feel free to pick one that speaks to you!
You will also need a CleverBot API key. You will have to input payment information to use the API. Luckily, the first month is free! Just remember to cancel your subscription if you don't plan on using it after this project.
Next, you have to ...
Verifying Phone Numbers in Ruby on Rails with Twilio's Verify API
In the public-facing world of apps, verifying that users are real people can be tough. This is where phone verification really becomes an asset, helping to mitigate fraud.
In this post, we will walk through integrating Twilio’s Verify API into a Ruby on Rails application to discover whether a user’s phone number exists, its type of line, and its carrier. We will then authenticate the user with Verify’s token verification.
We will build a simple login action, with phone verification. This walk-through will provide basic functionality that can be ported to new or existing Ruby/Rails applications.
At a high level, successful interactions will look something like:
- The user submits a phone number to the application.
- The phone number is verified as real, or not; and whether the phone is a mobile or a landline.
- If the number is a valid cell, the user is ...
Here is a preview of what we'll be building:
Basic knowledge of the following will be useful, but extensive knowledge is not required:
Before you continue, make sure you have Node.js installed on your system.
Getting Your Twilio API Keys
The first step to using Twilio Programmable Video chat is to get an access token. Twilio will generate a ...
Build an Emojidex with Python and the Twilio WhatsApp API
If you've ever wondered about the story behind your favorite emoji, this app is for you. We'll build an interactive bot to give us more information about just what 💁 is doing. With the Twilio API for WhatsApp and Emojipedia 👌😍 we can easily query this information on demand.
🌅 Getting started
Before we can dig into some code, make sure that your Python and Flask development environment is setup. If you haven't done so already,
- Install Python 3
- Install Ngrok to make your Flask app visible from the internet so Twilio can send requests to it
- Set up your Python development environment
If you're new to Python and Flask check out this handy guide for more information on getting started.
I've started the project off, so clone or download the repo from GitHub and checkout the
git clone -b getting-started firstname.lastname@example.org:robinske/emojimon-whatsapp.git
💬 Setting Up Twilio API ...
Build a collaborative playlist over WhatsApp with Rails, Twilio, and Spotify
Sharing music over playlists is a great way to discover new and old music. Spotify has collaborative playlists, but I don't like how they let your friends re-order and delete songs from the list. We can fix this by building our own collaborative playlist that only allows additions using the Spotify Web API. With the Twilio API for WhatsApp we can let our friends send in a song whenever they are struck by inspiration.
In this post we are going to build a WhatsApp bot that can do all of the above using Ruby on Rails.
To build this application we will need a few things:
PHP + Twilio + Whatsapp: Would You Like to Play a Game?
There are 1.5 billion people using WhatsApp's end to end encrypted messaging platform to communicate. Many of those people prefer WhatsApp to SMS and other messaging platforms. It's currently the most popular messaging app in the world.
Twilio is adding options to the same API calls you use to send and receive SMS messages with Twilio, so you can now reach those users the way they prefer: on WhatsApp.
Using the Twilio API Sandbox for WhatsApp in your Twilio console, you can experiment with this new channel for connecting your software to the world.
Here are a few ways you can play with the Twilio API Sandbox for WhatsApp using PHP.
Before Getting Started
To code along with this post, you'll want:
Talking Texts with .NET Core, Cognitive Services and Azure Storage
Imagine you are driving along in your car and your phone beeps, letting you know that a text message has come in. We all know it’s beyond dangerous to read a message whilst driving, it’s a pet hate of mine when I see people doing it, so why not get your text message phoned through to you? Hands-free, of course!
This post will show you how to create talking texts using Twilio, .NET Core, Cognitive Services and Azure Storage.
We will build an application that will convert incoming SMS into speech using the Speech Service, currently in preview, on Microsoft Cognitive Services. We will then use Twilio to call your mobile and play the speech recording.
Let’s get started.
What you will need
Improving your pun game with Python, Rhymebrain and the Twilio API for WhatsApp
Puns are awesome and one easy way to come up with puns is to combine two different words. This is called a portmanteau. Let’s build a WhatsApp bot that gives you portmanteaus for certain words that you message it, so you can come up with better puns on the fly!
To get started make sure you have:
- A Twilio account (sign up for a free Twilio account here)
- The WhatsApp Sandbox Channel.
- Follow these instructions to install the WhatsApp Sandbox Channel in your account.
- You will also need to connect your own WhatsApp account with the sandbox
Like with Twilio Programmable SMS we’ll need a webhook that will respond to incoming HTTP requests with every message ...