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  • By Samuel Eddy
    Build Round Robin Call Forwarding Using Twilio Studio & Functions Round Robin Routing Studio Functions

    One of the most common application workflows – regardless of the context – is round robin routing.

    You can build round robin routing in a straightforward way with programming logic. However, to run this logic, you need a web server which must be managed – introducing a whole new realm of responsibility. While for larger operations this isn’t a problem, mom and pop shops don’t want to take this on and it often puts this functionality out of reach.

    Now with the help of Twilio’s Runtime suite, including Twilio Studio and Functions, you can build your own round robin call forwarding application without worrying about your own web server. In this post, I’ll show you how to set up a serverless round robin call forwarding solution.

    Prerequisites

    In order to follow this tutorial, you will need:

    • A Twilio account and active number. If you don’t have an account, …
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  • By Arvind Rangarajan
    How to Build a Protected Conference Line in a Few Minutes using Studio Conference Line Protected Header

    With many people shifting to working remotely, the need for collaboration tools is increasing. Twilio offers many options that allow developers to build collaboration solutions like video chat or voice conferencing solutions.

    This blog post walks you through how to create a protected voice conferencing line using Twilio Studio in a couple of minutes - to help your remote workforce continue to communicate.  

    In Studio, a Flow is executed from an incoming call or SMS to your Twilio number, or you could trigger an outbound flow via a REST API request. Once in a Flow, Studio offers various ways to control calls and message flows, including but not limited to:

    • Saying or playing messages to a callee
    • Gathering input from the callee such as digits or voice messages
    • Making an HTTP request to a third-party system

    It is simple to build a protected conference line using Twilio Studio and studio …

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  • By Tilde Thurium
    How to build a conference line with Twilio Studio How to build a conference call line with Twilio Studio

    Twilio Studio is a visual application builder that allows you to write conditional logic for handling messaging flows without writing any code. In this post I’ll walk you through how to build a conference call line using Twilio Studio.

    Prerequisites

    Creating your Studio Flow for conference calling

    Head over to the Studio Dashboard. Click the “+” button to create a new Flow.


    You’ll be prompted to give it a name. Let’s call it “conference call.”

    Screenshot of the dialog box for creating a new Studio Flow. There's a "Flow Name" input field, that has the text "conference call" in it, as well as Cancel and Next buttons.

    On the next screen select “start from scratch” and …

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  • By Tilde Thurium
    Using Twilio Studio and Conversations with SMS Using Twilio Studio and Twilio Conversations with SMS

    Communication is complicated. No matter what your business is, it’s important to meet people where they’re at and engage with them on the communication platforms they’re already using.

    Twilio Conversations enables you to build unified spaces where users on different platforms can communicate with one another. Think of it like a video conference bridge, but for text-based communication.

    Twilio Studio is a visual application builder that allows you to write conditional logic for handling messaging flows without writing any code.

    In this post you’ll learn to integrate Studio and Conversations with a few steps of configuration and a small amount of code. Doing so unlocks a few use cases, such as:

    •  Access to the status callbacks so you can keep track of message delivery status
    • Sending the entire chat transcript to a human operator

    Prerequisites

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  • By Matthew Gilliard
    How we built a COVID-19 volunteer support line for our local community using Twilio Studio How we built a COVID-19 volunteer support line for our local community using Twilio Studio

    Update 3/20/20: If you are building something like this to help out your community, please check whether the Twilio.org Impact Access Program can help you. We have expanded eligibility to include volunteer groups and companies working on communications for public benefit to support COVID-19 response.

     

    I am sure many of you saw posts from people setting up groups of Covid-19 volunteers on social media over the weekend. We did, and joined a group of volunteers coordinating how to support the vulnerable in our villages in Somerset, UK.

    Screenshot of a facebook message suggesting a volunteer network to support vulnerable people in a small village in Somerset, UK

    The volunteer group's first idea was to post leaflets through peoples doors with our own phone numbers as a point of contact, following the advice of Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK.

    “Bear in mind that whilst Facebook or WhatsApp are good organising platforms, they might not be the easiest way for vulnerable people in your area to find and contact your group. Those …

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  • By Pooja Srinath
    Connect to Your Local Database Using Twilio Functions Functions MySQL Local

    In this post, you’ll learn how to connect to a local or remote database such as MySQL and make queries using Twilio Functions.

    Prerequisites and Items accomplished

    Working with Twilio Functions

    Twilio Functions (Beta) provides a complete runtime environment for executing your Node.js scripts. Functions integrates the popular package manager npm and provides a low latency Twilio-hosted environment for your application.

    Building apps with Functions

    Here's an example of what a Functions script looks like:

    exports.handler = function(context, event, callback) {
    
      // code
    
      // i …
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  • By Matthew Gilliard
    Master Your Calendar with Twilio Studio and a Little Bit of Mathe-Magic Master your calendar with Twilio Studio and a little bit of Mathe-Magic

    We spend a lot of time sorting out future plans, and there are some people who seem to have their whole calendar in mind at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s planning to hang out with friends or setting up meetings with colleagues, you can acquire a mystical air by knowing a quick mathematical trick to calculate the day of the week for any date. With a little practice, you can do it in a matter of seconds while others are still fumbling their phones out of their pockets.

    In this post, I’ll explain the so-called Doomsday algorithm, and walk you through setting up an SMS chatbot for practising.

    The Doomsday Algorithm

    The Doomsday algorithm was invented by John Horton Conway as a way to work out what day of the week any date will fall on. Conway is better known as the inventor of the Game of Life but I …

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  • By Fernando Larranaga
    Build a donations system using Twilio Studio and Pay Article header for building a donation system with Pay and Studio

    Are you part of a nonprofit or social enterprise that wants to build things for social good? At Twilio.org, we offer discounts and credits to help you get started! Learn more.

    If you've ever created a fundraising campaign, you've probably faced one big (and essential) problem: how do I actually accept payments from supporters? With online and mobile giving growing, it's essential for nonprofits to be able to collect digital payments securely. Unfortunately, collecting payments online tends to be a complex process, requiring some combination of disparate systems, vendors, professional services, and cost. That's one of the problems Twilio Pay looks to solve, by handling this process for you and ensuring that every transaction occurs securely, so you can focus on engaging your donors.

    In this guide, we’ll show you how to build a donation system using Twilio Studio and Pay.

    Requirements

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  • By Adam King
    Keep Your Christmas Party Organized with Some Twilio Magic christmas-party-organize.png

    If you have ever tried to keep over a hundred people organized for a Christmas party, you will already know how much of a nightmare it can be!

    Tarik Zawia and Adam King from Twilio’s London office decided to add a little Twilio Magic to make this year's event a success.

    Defining Christmas Party Organizational Challenges

    Tarik Zawia - Account Executive - EMEA

    Working for Twilio, I knew that communications could be used to help keep things on track. This winter, I decided to have some fun with Twilio to make our US Alumni Club annual London pub-crawl (co-hosted by Cornell, GW, and UChicago) a little more hi-tech than in previous years.

    So, as with most (highly important and serious) engineering projects, we started with a problem to solve...

    Problem Statement: Keeping over a hundred people in the right place at the right time for an organized pub …

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  • By Lehel Gyeresi
    Advanced Schedules for Twilio Studio Schedule.png

    Recently, one of my customers asked me to design a scheduling function for them. Here were their requirements:

    • Both Studio Flows and Web Chat had to use the same function
    • The Function needed to handle holidays, as well as days with irregular hours of operation
    • The customer wanted to play a special message in the IVR during the holiday season. The scheduling function has to be versatile enough to know if it's holiday season or not
    • The customer will eventually operate in 12 different time zones, the function had to be market and time-zone aware
    • Functions v2 must be used, so they can include it in their CI/CD pipeline

    JSON file for the schedule

    Here is a JSON file that I came up with that will meet my customer's requirements:

    {
      "holidays": {
        "12/25/2019": {
          "description": "Christmas"
        }
      },
      "partialDays": {
        "12/26/2019": {
          "begin": "10:00:00",
          "end": "14:00:00",
          "description": "Day after …
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