Michael Seid Builds Text Nina, Keeps It Simple With Twilio SMS


I scribble my daily to-do list in a legal pad. My legal pad doesn’t ask for my email, award me fictional points for writing in it, or display full screen prompts enticing me unlock “premium” legal pad features. It just does its job, and I like that. If you’re a developer, there’s probably someone trying to get your email to send you a LinkedIn message right… Read More

Getting started with Socket.io: Adding Real Time Events to your Node.js Express App

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In a previous post, I explained how to monitor phone calls sent with the Twilio API in real time using call progress events. These allow you to set up a webhook url to receive a request whenever the status of your phone calls change. The real time updates of call progress events provide us with a great opportunity to play around with websockets. In this post I am… Read More

Playing Jammin’ Tunes Over The Phone with the Twilio NodeJS Library in ES6


When handling phone calls with TwiML, you have many options for controlling the caller’s experience. You can <Say> something in a robot voice, <Dial> other numbers into the call and even <Record> the call. My personal favorite is the ability to play audio files over the phone using the <Play> TwiML verb. You can even create your own version of Dial-A-Song, a hotline run by the band They Might Be Giants that… Read More

Build Your Own Lockitron With Twilio, Arduino, and Node.js

Jon Gottfried

Join the discussion on Hacker News! This tutorial is based on a workshop I gave at the Makerland conference in Poland. It will teach you how to wirelessly control a deadbolt lock without damaging or modifying the lock itself. We will be using an Arduino Uno, a servo, and Node.js to make it possible for you to lock and unlock your door via SMS. This is… Read More

Getting Started with Twilio and Node.js

See the most updated version of this post and our new Node.js module here. Node.js is one of the most talked about frameworks in the web development community since Rails. While still very young, node is being hailed as fast, highly-scalable and efficient. The reason for this is due to node’s event-driven, non-blocking I/O structure. One of the reasons we’re so psyched about node.js is that… Read More