Forward incoming SMS messages to email with Node.js, SendGrid and Twilio Functions

If you want to read incoming SMS messages sent to your Twilio number in your email then do I have a neat solution for you today. We’re going to use Twilio Functions and SendGrid to forward SMS messages directly to your email address. Things you’ll need A Twilio account and a phone number that can receive SMS messages A SendGrid account Let’s get building The entire operation of forwarding… Read More

Get Started with Sending SMS in Haskell

Functional programming languages are gaining in popularity so let’s hop on that Haskell bandwagon. With Haskell, you can write clean, concise, and expressive code. Don’t believe me just yet? Now let’s dive into setting up your Haskell developer environment by configuring two package managers installing Haskell making a “Hello, World” program sending our first SMS with Twilio using Haskell (get a Twilio phone number here) Environments There is… Read More

Reading Excel Spreadsheets with Python, Flask, and Openpyxl

  Data stored in Excel spreadsheets can be hard to read with anything other than Excel and it’s especially tough to compare two specific datasets within all that data. One possible solution is Python. It can do the dirty work of finding the information for us while also being pretty fun. In this post we will read NBA statistics from a Microsoft Excel sheet using the Openpyxl… Read More

How to Send SMS Notifications to Readers When New WordPress Posts are Published

WordPress and Twilio logos

Make sure your subscribers see every post by offering instant SMS notifications when you publish new blog posts in WordPress. At the end of this project, you will have a custom WordPress Plugin that allows: 1. WordPress users to have a “Mobile Phone” field in their profile to sign up for notifications 2. posts to automatically send a notification message to every subscriber who signs up… Read More

Literacy Delivered: Cell-Ed Educates Anywhere with Twilio

Lucia navigates the Los Angeles Public Transportation system every day, taking the bus from her home in South LA to Beverly Hills where she cleans houses. She’s done this successfully for a decade, despite the fact she can’t read the bus schedule or signs indicating the bus’s destination. Instead, Lucia memorizes the color coded bus routes. Lucia speaks English, but cannot read or write in English…. Read More

How to Build a Serverless API with Amazon Web Services’ API Gateway

Python, Bottle and AWS logos.

It’s easy to use the Twilio API to send and receive SMS using Python and Bottle. What if we convert that traditional web application into a serverless application using Amazon Web Services’ API Gateway and AWS Lambda? Interested in learning how to create a serverless Python application? Great, because we’re going to build a serverless API for Twilio SMS throughout this post. What Problem Are We Trying to… Read More

5 Phones, 1950 Pixels: How MissionMode Hacked the SIGNAL 2017 Video Wall

MissionMode in Front of the Video Wall

“Code is Creative”.  You showed us how true that statement really is at this year’s SIGNAL San Francisco. Your creativity was made readily visible on the 40 foot video wall (and interactive art display) we hosted upstairs at the show.  We handed out Hackpacks, hackable hardware badges with a Particle Electron onboard, which had the ability to control that massive display via text messages. Poking, then Automating, then… Read More

How I Hacked My University’s Registration System with Python and Twilio

University on a beautiful day.

University students know the pain of trying to register for a class only to realize it’s full. At my university we didn’t even have a waitlist system for most classes. We had to resort to logging in and checking the site multiple times a day. This seemed like something a computer could do, so I set out to automate it with a bit of Python and… Read More