minnestar text logo


Sign up to stay up to date.


Building Google Voice with Rails, Knockout, and Twilio

URL: http://kevinwhinnery.com,

Google Voice is an amazing tool for personal telecommunications. From a technical perspective, it might seem like black magic to secure a local phone number, send a text message, or make a voice call all from the browser. But using Rails and Twilio, you can build an application with the same features yourself (or integrate those features into an app you’re building already).

In this presentation, we will demo and walk through an open source Ruby on Rails implementation of core features in Google Voice. Our Rails app will present a web UI (rich client, based on KnockoutJS) to purchase numbers, send texts, record voicemail, and make calls from the browser. Previous Rails or JavaScript experience will be useful to understand the code under discussion, but is not strictly necessary. The same features can be deployed in any web application.

In an attempt to conserve a precious business resource, this presentation will be 100% slide free.


Minnebar 8 (2013-04-06)


Kevin Whinnery