Twilio

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If you have ever wanted to build an automated dialer or text messaging system but dont want to sink a lot of time or money into it you have to try the services of Twilio.com. There are all sorts of neat things you can do with it, and if know a bit of SQL I can get you started in about five minutes using twiSQL. twiSQL is a set of user defined functions that are enabled through .net CLR which add significant functionality to your SQL server.  In short this library will make your SQL server place phone calls and send text messages in a single line of code. Thanks to the generous con...


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Posted in: Twilio
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I was recently contacted by a user of twiSQL who was using the services of Twilio combined with my library twiSQL to send text messages directly from a SQL server. The problem that was reported was that there were some encoding issues with sending a text message with a hyperlink as part of the text. This was something that I went a few rounds with figuring out when I initially developed the library and apparently there was an opportunity here to do it better.  I am happy to say that I have updated both the public and donation supported version of the library at this time and they ...


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Let me begin by saying how much I truly believe in the technology of Twilio.com - they have built a reliable and scalar solution to enable telephony features through a simple API. If you have not been introduced to their services you will want to have a look at them in the very near future. To make the use of the services that Twilio offers easier I have built two special use projects that are free for download and use. twiCLI is a command line tool for the Windows environments designed to place phone calls and send text messages, and twiSQL is a set of SQL user defined functions ...


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Posted in: Twilio, Adoption
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Have you ever wanted to send a text message or maybe even make a telephone call from a command prompt of a Windows machine? If you have no idea what I am talking about this this is probably not the article for you. If however you hear this and you immediately think of alerts or processes they happen that you need to know about as a text message or maybe a telephone call then you may want to read on. There is a service on the webs of thought called Twilio. These guys have put together a set of web based APIs that use simple communication methods to enable some powerful stuff at very cost eff...


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Announcing a mechanism to connect @twilio with SQL server to place telephone calls and text messages in a single line of code through a simple .net library and supplied UDFs! Have you ever had a need to make your Microsoft SQL Server do some things that maybe it was not designed to do? I know in my experience I have used SQL server to control all sorts of business processes that technically were probably not the core function of a relational database system. Why would I do this? Because it is easy to do... there is a built in job controller and through creative scripting most anything can b...


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