Apps

SMS My Show
Below are some of the applications I am working on:

  • SMS My Show (TV Show Information via SMS)

    Now with showtime + day

    SOURCE CODE FOR SMS My Show

    This application was quickly put together for Twilio’s Valentine Day contest and is a solution for spouses who have to ask their husband when their favorite TV show is on next. They can simply send an SMS and find out themselves. I hope my wife gets the hint.
    Send an SMS to (650) 918-6928 with the name of a TV show.

    You will receive a reply with the number of days the next episode will be on (and the date) as well how many days ago the last episode was broadcast (and the date).

    eg. Send an SMS to (650) 918-6928 with “Dexter” and you will get the following reply:
    Next episode of Dexter in 224 days at 21:00 EST Sun (9/25/10). Last episode was 62 days ago (12/31/09).

    For shows with long names, just send the first couple of words (or first few characters) where it will be unique enough to return the right result.
    eg. Send an SMS to (650) 918-6928 with “Little Mos” and you will get the following reply:
    Next episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie* is TBA. Last episode was 5 days ago (2/8/10).

    Please note that the asterisk (*) at the end of the show name is included when the show title is not an exact match with the show title requested.

    TBA = To Be Announced (when the upcoming episode information is not available).

    This app was written in Coldfusion (using the simple FW/1 framework) in a few hours and uses the excellent TVRage.com website. The SMS portion is handled by Twilio‘s ridiculously simple API (as they truthfully claim) and is quite cheap too (compared to the other solutions out there)… but that doesn’t mean that you guys should exhaust my limited funds with this application. Please be gentle.

If you have feedback, please leave a comment below or at Hacker News

SOURCE CODE FOR SMS My Show is now available. Featured on www.twilio.com/gallery/languages/coldfusion/apps

Future Plans
• A friend suggested I add the showtime and I plan on doing that in a couple of days. Thanks Francis!