International Space Station Notifications with Python, Redis-Queue and Twilio Copilot

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International Space Station Notifications with Python, Redis-Queue and Twilio Copilot With the new Star Wars trailer coming out, I’ve been really excited about space lately. This could be pretty obvious based on what I wore during my API demo at BostonHacks last weekend. Twilio also had private screenings of The Martian for community members recently in several different cities. It’s not surprising that I think the International Space Station… Read More

Getting Started with OpenCV and Python: Featuring The Martian

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If you’re curious to find out how to launch yourself into outer space and land on Mars, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of an open source image processing library called OpenCV, along with Twilio MMS, Python, and Flask we are limited only by our imagination. And if you haven’t seen The Martian yet, seriously, what are you waiting for? The movie is… Read More

Warm Phone Call Transfers with Python, Flask and Twilio Voice

Warm Phone Call Transfers with Python, Flask and Twilio Voice

Have you ever had your call disconnect while you were on hold with customer service and waiting for a transfer from one department to another? You probably felt like this when the call dropped: A warm phone call transfer, where a caller is on the phone with an agent then the agent brings on another agent and introduces them to the customer, shouldn’t be so difficult…. Read More

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