Intro to ROM/RAM hacking: Building an SMS powered Game Genie with Lua and Python

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Old video games are notorious for being insanely difficult. As a child I was astonished to discover a magical item appropriately named Game Genie that allowed me to beat certain games. “Cheating” to make games easier was great, but some Game Genie codes made things more fun rather than just providing infinite lives. Some of these codes manipulated the games in absurdly interesting ways such as making all… Read More

The Full Stack Python Guide to Deployments: A New Book By Matt Makai

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Before joining Twilio, Matt Makai, our San Francisco-based Developer Evangelist, drove across America on a ronin-type quest to learn more about coding from fellow software developers about his favorite language – Python. He coded at coffee shops, spoke at Python meetups and met with Python developers all over the United States. He spoke at conferences and was asked many of the same Python-related questions about building… Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations: Wizard Mode Part 3 of 3 with Flask, Reveal.js and WebSockets

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You’ve coded your way through the original Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations story, the Wizards Only gatekeeper and the Web Forms trials blog posts. Now it’s time to pull out our magical wands for one more trick and complete our application-building quest. Voting with a wand (or smartphone) In this final tutorial we’ll wrap up our Flask application with a new ability that will allow the audience to vote… Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations: Wizard Mode Part 2 of 3

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In the first part of our Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations Wizard Mode tutorial we set up the necessary code for separating authorized wizards from non-wizards. However, logging in and out of an application isn’t very magical. It’s time to write write some new spells in Wizards Only mode to allow us to deftly manipulate our presentations. Even Wizards Need Web Forms The Wizards Only mode… Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations: Wizard Mode Part 1 of 3

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You’ve coded your way through the harrowing challenges of the first Choose Your Own Adventure Presentations tutorial. A sign lies in the road ahead. “PyCon has summoned you to give a Choose Your Own Adventure talk in Montreal!” it reads. ————— How do you proceed? If you choose to run from the PyCon challenge, close the browser window now. If you accept the challenge, prepare yourself… Read More

Send SMS And MMS From Your Arduino Yun

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The Arduino Yun has built-in WiFi and a second microprocessor which runs Linux. That means that you can write programs in your favorite scripting language and interact with APIs directly from your Arduino. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to send SMS and MMS from our Arduino Yun using Python and Twilio. By the end we will: Install pip and the Twilio Python helper library on… Read More

Building A Multi Channel Support Desk with TaskRouter

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We live in a time where there are more ways than ever for businesses and their customers to connect. As developers, we have the opportunity to build applications that help facilitate these connections. But if you’ve built a support desk before, you know that writing the code that manages agent availability and integrates multiple channels of communication can be complicated. Twilio built TaskRouter to help make… Read More

Build a Photobooth with an Arduino Yun, a Webcam and Dropbox

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The Arduino Yun is an Arduino with built-in WiFi and Linux. With the Yun, not only can you do all the hardware hacking that you’d expect from an Arduino, but you can also connect it to the Internet and run programs in your favorite scripting language. In this tutorial, we’re going to build a proof-of-concept for an Arduino powered photo booth to serve as the foundation… Read More