Ruby Twilio

Building an Unconference App For RailsConf with Twilio and Twitter: Guest Post at Twilio

Earlier this year, I built a little web application in Ruby to help out with RailsConf 2012 – basically a gateway between Twitter and SMS using Twilio. Twilio thought it was a pretty cool hack, and they wanted to make sure that the code didn’t just get lost in austinonrails’ GitHub account, so they asked if I could write up how I did it for their blog – read it over at Building an Unconference App For RailsConf with Twilio and Twitter

Here’s an excerpt:

How do you keep everyone at a mega-conference up to date about what’s going on in a community-organized unconference that’s running side-by-side? That’s the problem Austin on Rails set out to solve when RailsConf 2012 came to our city.

What’s an unconference? It’s a participant-led conference – instead of having speakers apply to speak months ahead of time, and having committees set the schedule in advance, unconferences are more fluid. This is great for a fast-moving technology like Rails, where you may have put something up on GitHub last night, and you can show it off the next day! Of course, the problem with this format is – how do you let people know what’s going on?

Austin on Rails took on the responsibility of organizing the unconference, BohConf. We could have hack sessions, talks, or birds-of-a-feather going on. Based on previous BohConf/RailsConfs, one of the biggest complaints was that people would have gone to a BohConf happening if only they’d known about it!

Read more over at Twilio – Building an Unconference App For RailsConf with Twilio and Twitter

Hackathon iPhone Development

Mashery Features my app Find Me Hotel Deals!

My app Find Me Hotel Deals just got featured by Mashery! They’re showing off their new app directory as part of their “Apps Grant Wishes” – here’s their blog post:

Mashery makes it easy for developers to find interesting APIs – they handle all of the details that make an API great – signing up as a developer, documentation, test API calls, etc.

They also sponsor API Hack Days, which are 8 hour hackathons that usually feature Mashery, SendGrid, and Twilio, along with a few other API companies. This is a great way to reach developers, and actually get them hands on with your product – I probably would never be building cool telephony apps if it wasn’t for hearing about Twilio from all of the developer contests they sponsor.