Using C# and Azure to Build a SMS Representative Directory

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Earlier this month, you heard about Ian Webster, who built an app to call your federal representatives. Communication can be a powerful force for change. Today we’ll learn how to empower others by building an app similar to Ian’s with SMS. Using C#, ASP.NET, and Azure, we will build a messaging application that responds to a ZIP code with a list of federal representatives for that… Read More

Creating a phone number lookup bot using Microsoft Bot Framework and C#

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Bots are all the rage and at //BUILD 2016 Microsoft announced their Bot Framework. Let’s see how easy it is to build a bot using the SMS channel powered by Twilio. Our Tools Our bot should take a telephone number and reply with information about it using Twilio’s Lookup API. We’ll need: Visual Studio 2015 including the latest updates. We’ll be building this on Windows this time, but you shouldn’t… Read More

Pittsburgh Technical Institute Switches SIP Based Call Center To Twilio

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Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) has been helping students launch a new career path with a post-secondary degree for over 70 years. PTI prides themselves on being attuned to the job market, keeping its curriculum current to ensure their students are successful after graduation. As the school evolved, their communications stack stayed the same, costing PTI time and money. Using Twilio, PTI overhauled their SIP-based call center… Read More

Building Video Applications on Android

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Context is everything, and there’s nothing more annoying than using a mobile application and then being told you need to switch to a different app to communicate with other users or technical support. In my last blog post I showed you how to add IP communications into an existing application using the Twilio IP Messaging SDK for Android. Twilio also offers a Video SDK which can be used to… Read More

Building an automated assistant with .NET MVC6, Entity Framework and Twilio on a Mac

Building an automated assistant with .NET MVC6, Entity Framework and Twilio on a Mac

A few months back I showed you how I used Twilio to build my own personal assistant that would keep tabs with my Google Calendar and call into all my meetings for me. Ever since I started using it I have managed to not only keep up with all my conference calls but also spend more time remembering about the other things I can’t automate… yet. I… Read More

Getting started with ASP.NET 5 and Visual Studio Code on a Mac

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During Build 2015 Microsoft announced a bunch of new tools aimed at helping developers build cross platform applications. Amongst the announcements, they let us know that ASP.NET was now available and ready to run on Mac and Linux natively. Up until this point there has been a few different ways to get .NET applications running on Unix systems but none of them were truly native or supported… Read More

Making and Receiving Phone Calls with .Net MVC

I usually get people at hackathons asking me about how to get started with the Twilio .Net Helper Library. My default answer is to always point people to the excellent series of blog posts showing how to use the library written by my colleague Devin. The thing about hackathons though is that sometimes people just want to get on with things and finish an implementation as soon as they can. This can… Read More