Read this before you get started with
django-twilio. This will hopefully
answer some questions about the purpose of the project, and why you should (or
shouldn’t) be using it.
Building telephony applications has always been something of a complex and time consuming task for developers. With the advent of Twilio, developers were able to build large scale telephony applications for the first time, without the massive learning curve associated with traditional telephony development.
While Twilio’s APIs allow you to build powerful voice and SMS apps in your favorite programming language, it can still be quite difficult and time consuming to roll out your own telephony apps for your Django-powered website.
The core purpose of
django-twilio is to abstract away as much telephony
knowledge as possible, so that you can focus on the functionality and logic of
your telephony app, and have it seamlessly integrate into your website without
django-twilio is a complete solution for anyone who wants to integrate
voice or SMS functionality into their Django website without requiring any
Here are some common use cases:
- You want to build one or more telephone conference rooms for talking with co-workers or clients.
- You want be able to accept SMS messages from your clients, and respond to them programmatically.
- You want to record important phone calls (incoming or outgoing) and store the recordings for analysis.
- You want to track telephone marketing campaigns, and review detailed data.
- You want to build rich, interactive telephone systems. (EG: “Press 1 to talk with a sales agent, press 2 to schedule a reservation, press 3 to purchase a hat.”)
- And many more.
Before getting started with
django-twilio, it will serve you best to read
the How it Works page on Twilio’s website. That
describes the architecture and API flow that all of your applications will be
using, and that
django-twilio will help to abstract.
django-twilio also depends on the official Twilio python library, so you may want to
familiarize yourself with their docs before continuing so you have a good idea
of how things work.
Other than that, you’re good to go!