Testing Twilio SMS Requests for .NET Applications with the Rider REST Client

Rider tool for C#

We can use the Twilio Nuget package to write applications that work with the Twilio SMS API, but what if we want to experiment with the API in our IDE? If that IDE happens to be JetBrains Rider, there is an easy way to do this. Rider is a cross-platform .NET IDE that builds on technology from ReSharper and IntelliJ IDEA. This provides the best of two worlds: excellent… Read More

Porting a Twilio MMS app to .NET Core with Visual Studio Code

What are We Doing I’ve been a huge .NET fan since the days of .NET Framework 1.1. A number of years and upgrades later, Microsoft turned things up by introducing .NET Core and Visual Studio Code, allowing developers to write and run code from wherever we want without sacrificing productivity, security, or performance. If you’re asking the question, “Well, what does .NET Core do for me?”,… Read More

Deploy .NET Core with Docker and now.sh

Image with .NET Core, Docker and Zeit logo

Bundling up your application into a Docker container has many benefits including making deployments really easy without being bound to a particular cloud host. In this post we will containerize a .NET Core application and deploy it using Docker. Setup Before we can get started we need a couple of dependencies installed. Make sure you have the latest .NET Core SDK installed. You can download the SDK for your operating… Read More

Google Spreadsheets and .NET Core

You don’t always need a fully functional database for every project. If you’re prototyping and your data model is still changing, chances are you could use a Google Spreadsheet for easier and quicker set up. In this tutorial we will use Google’s API client library for working with Sheets in .NET Core. Get access to your spreadsheets You can use any Google Sheet you already have lying… Read More

An easy way to receive an SMS message with C# and Twilio

I already showed you how to send an SMS message with C# in 30 seconds. Today I’m going to show you how to receive an SMS message with C# and Twilio. Here’s all the code you’ll need.

If you’d like to see an explanation of how the code above works, watch this short video, or just keep reading. When someone texts your Twilio number, Twilio… Read More

Using C# and Azure to Build a SMS Representative Directory

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#

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

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