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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   December 2, 2010

Make Phone Calls with Code Using Twilio

Web applications are better than old school applications that get installed on your hard drive because you can access them from anywhere using the web. They do however suffer from the same limited communication channel as typical software because they can only interact with users via the computer. Users provide input via the keyboard and the app provides output via the screen. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could take advantage of other communication channels like phone and text messages to communicate with our users? Well now we can with the help of Twilio. In this post I’ll walk you through building an application that can make phone calls and send text messages using the Twilio API.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   May 1, 2009

How to Ensure a Secure Connection Using PHP

When submitting sensitive information over the web it’s important to ensure that the requested page is being accessed via an HTTPS encrypted connection. I’ve come across some forms that don’t check whether a secure connection has been made or not. In other words, you can delete the S from HTTP and instead of redirecting the user back to the HTTPS connection the form is just displayed unsecured. This is a BIG NO NO… as a programmer you cannot rely on the visitor, or even other developers who would be linking to the form, to request a form securely. In this post I will review how you can ensure that your users are accessing certain pages using a secure connection.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   February 12, 2009

Implementing Facebook Connect (Part 3) - Accessing Data from Facebook

About a month ago I posted a continuation of my Implementing Facebook Connect series on how to establish a connection to Facebook. In this post I am going to look at using that connection we established to access user data and render it on a page.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   January 20, 2009

Implementing Facebook Connect (Part 2) - Establishing a Connection

Two weeks ago I took a look at Facebook Connect (FC) summarizing what it is and why developers would want to integrate it with their own applications in part 1 of this series. Originally I had thought this would be a two post topic but as I have learned more about FC I think it’s going to take a few posts to get up and running successfully. So, in this post we’re going to get all the pre-requisites out of the way and establish a connection with Facebook from our own application. We will then look at how we can do things with that connection in subsequent posts. Ready or not… let’s get started!

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   January 6, 2009

Implementing Facebook Connect (Part 1) - What is Facebook Connect?

I have been spending some time recently developing an online community which will hopefully be launched next quarter. One of the things I wanted to integrate is OpenID to try and lessen the burden of signing-up and logging-in. However, after doing some research I’m thinking that Facebook Connect might be the better way to go. This is the first of at least 2 posts about implementing Facebook Connect with your own PHP application. To begin we will first look at what Facebook Connect is and does and the next post will get technical and look at how to integrate it with your next CodeIgniter or PHP application.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   July 15, 2008

Turn Your RSS Feed Into an E-mail Newsletter

I had one of those duh moments this morning. Every once and a while I come across a web app that solves a problem or does something interesting and I can’t help but ask myself “why didn’t I think of that?”. The app I found this morning is called Nourish and it allows you to turn any RSS feed into an e-mail newsletter. In looking through their site it looks like the app was launched back in January (of ’08) and I think the concept is brilliant.

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