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Build an SMS Bat-Signal Powered by Twilio and Azure Functions

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Sometimes in life, you've got to send out boat-loads of SMS messages, and you've got to do it fast. Fortunately, SMS doesn't get much easier than Twilio plus Azure Functions.

Wouldn’t it be cool to send out an SMS SOS with the touch of a button? Like your own private SMS Bat-Signal!

I’ll show you how to do it using Twilio and an Azure Function. Here’s an overview of the simple architecture:

                                   /--> |        |--> 📱
|--(HTTP POST)--> [ Azure Func 𝛌 ] ---> | Twilio |--> 📱
                                   \--> |        |--> 📱

Simple, right? Let’s paint the clouds red, 160 characters at a time.

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Spanish for the Inner Gringo: New learning channel!

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Spanish for the Inner Gringo helps intermediate to fluent Spanish speakers correct the mistakes they didn't know they were making.

I recently launched a new learning channel, Spanish for the Inner Gringo! It aims to help you polish up (squeak) your Spanish accent and grammar so that you sound more like a native, and less like a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, camera-laden tourist.

The videos are short (only two-minutes!) and I will be releasing one video every few weeks. The AV is sub-par, so you’re bound to get some laughs too. Subscribe to the channel and sign up for updates so you won’t miss a single video.

Hotel Vim 🎝 (As sung by a million strong chorus of software developers)

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Venerable old Vim has been with us since its creation by Bram Moolenaar in 1991. It’s light, it’s terse, it has a learning curve like the “Cliffs of Insanity”, and yet it’s still one of the most popular text editors in the world. Here was my take on Vim, as compared to an adult beverage: Vim. It’s like being gifted a 50-year-old bottle of scotch. Now if you could just figure out how to open it…