Tropo and the Holidays
Code , slider / January 5, 2017

My son has gotten to the age where he doesn’t know that he wants for Christmas and is resorting to just asking for money (he’s saving up for a new computer).  I’ve never really liked just giving money to the kids, but I wanted to give some money to go towards that new computer, so instead of just giving it to him I created a scavenger hunt.  And because we are both nerds, I had to integrate some technology into the scavenger hunt, so for two of the legs of the hunt I wrote a couple of simple Tropo scripts that both he and his brother could interact with through SMS and voice calling.  I thought I would do a simple write-up just to kind of show you what you could do with a very short development time to write an application that could be more business relevant than your kids’ scavenger hunt. What the Script Does As I said before, I wanted to integrate this into two points of the hunt.  The first clue that they found related to Tropo just had a phone number on it.  My guess was that, despite being in the text messaging generation, they…

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Code / June 8, 2016

When I first started out messing around with Engineering Deathmatch, I had two primary goals.  First, to help keep my skills sharp and expose me to new areas of technology.  Second, was to promote the engineers that were contestants on the show. As part of that second goal, I’ve wanted to promote the EDM contestant’s blog posts through the Engineering Deathmatch Twitter feed.  This is one of those tasks that I needed to automate because as more engineers get added to the EDM family I just won’t be able to keep up with all of the blogs and promote them in a reasonable amount of time. To that end I had been using Twibble (twibble.io) and it had been working well, but I always knew that there would be a time that I would need to build my own environment like Twibble.  Partially because I didn’t want to worry about the upper limits of blogs that could be tracked and second because if I could build it myself and host it myself I wasn’t sure if their subscription fees were really worth it in the long run.  This past weekend I finally decided to give it a go and write my…