Video Tutorial: How to Build SMS ETA Notifications with Twilio and Ruby on Rails

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  Follow along with the tutorial here: ETA Notifications in Rails Hi Jarod from Twilio here. Today we’re going to walk through one of the sample apps available within Twilio Tutorials. Production-Ready Sample Apps When we started building these tutorials, we heard from developers that technical documentation focused too much on isolated “code snippets” and not enough on end-to-end solutions suitable for production environments. This feedback was eye-opening… Read More

Tutorials from Twilio: Live Coding on Twitch This Week

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The launch celebration of Tutorials from Twilio continues as the Twilio developer evangelists take you through building their favorites live on Twitch. Join us all week long as we use these amazing new tutorials to equip you with the knowledge you need to add chat to an existing iOS mobile app, implement two-factor authentication in a Rails application, make phone calls from a browser using Python and… Read More

Get Started With Twilio SMS in Ruby With This Five Minute Video

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Sending and receiving text messages in Ruby is delightfully easy. Whether you are sending appointment reminders or working building a marketing notification system you’ll be up and running in no time after watching this five minute video: Here’s the code from the video for your reference:

What’s Next Now that you have the power of SMS in your toolbelt you can build all sorts of things. Try… Read More

Introducing Twilio’s Next Generation Helper Libraries

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At Twilio, 77% of all requests to our REST API are made by a helper library user-agent. It’s the most common touch point between Twilio and you, the developer. That’s why we’re so excited to announce early access to the next generation of our Python and Ruby helper libraries. These next-gen libraries are built on a new API auto-generation tool, homegrown within Twilio, designed to make… Read More

Two Factor Authentication in Rails 4 with Devise, Authy and Puppies

Passwords aren’t enough any more. Keeping user data safe is hard enough without users themselves choosing the worst passwords in the world. Yes, “123456” has topped the list of most commonly used password of the year again. Two factor authentication keeps your users’ accounts secure by requiring a second factor of authentication, something a user has (their phone) as well as something they know (their password)…. Read More

Get Sentimental About SMS with Twilio, Bluemix and AlchemyAPI

IBM’s Bluemix platform is home to an ever growing number of cognitive computing services that, as developers, we can use in our applications to learn more about our data. Earlier this year Ricky showed us how combining Watson’s question and answer API, Twilio and Node.js could get us answers to health questions. Also living under the Watson banner, AlchemyAPI is a set of services for understanding content… Read More

4 Ways to Parse a JSON API with Ruby

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The Ruby Toolbox lists no less than 25 HTTP clients. Let’s look at how to retrieve and parse JSON results from a RESTful API using the four most popular Ruby HTTP libraries. The four code snippets below will: Define a URL to be parsed. We’ll use the Spotfiy API because it allows requests without authentication. Make an HTTP GET request to that URL. Parse the JSON result.  Each snippet is… Read More

Delay API calls to Twilio with Rails, Active Job and Sidekiq

Performance is key in web applications. Snappy websites make for better user experiences, higher conversion rates and better user retention. A swift application response causes less stress on servers trying to respond to many users too. There are many ways to improve the performance of a web application in Rails and I want to look at one of those today. Performing long running, blocking tasks during… Read More