How to Extend Your Android App to Include SMS-based Shipment Tracking

Posted by Pedram Mohammadi on April 18, 2017

TaCode Tuesday is back!  That means your favorite developer at Zang is here to deliver free snippets of code for use in your very own text/voice apps along with hilarious taco puns. This week I’m going to show you how to make e-commerce customers smile by allowing them to track deliveries via SMS on their Android phone. But first, let's taco 'bout how this can set your business apart and improve customer loyalty.  

In most cases, products are cheaper when ordered online. When compared to retail, online products are more or less 50 percent cheaper due to the elimination of certain components that hike up product prices like storage, rent, staff, utilities, and the middle-man.

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Topics: TaCode Tuesday, cPaaS, customer happiness, SMS

TaCode Tuesday: How to Use Zang SMS and Call APIs in Node.JS

Posted by Pedram Mohammadi on March 15, 2017

A couple years ago, the web was a stateless environment. Interactive features were treated as isolated units within a website, encapsulated within Flash or Java Applets. In 2009, NodeJS was released by Ryan Dahl aiming to create more interactive websites by establishing two-way connections. NodeJS enables asynchronous, event-driven input/output (I/O) making lightweight and efficient connections even in data-intensive applications.

The figure above shows the internal structure of Node.JS. Here, you see that only a single thread (i.e. file I/O, DNS, etc.) connects Node to the rest of an application. This single thread handles all incoming requests concurrently and can interface with one another. The architecture also allows the thread pool to interact with Node.JS’ low-level libraries to perform operations such as database transaction, file system access, etc. The asynchronous processing is done by libuv which enables Node to move without having to wait for the outcome of a current event.

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Topics: TaCode Tuesday, cPaaS, SMS

Sending Automated SMS to Remind Patients About Doctor Appointments

Posted by Alex Misevski on January 27, 2017

Back in the day, patients were reminded about their medical appointments with postcards send through the mail. However, the postcard method was too slow, and the reminders often got trashed with the rest of the junk mail. After some decades, the use of phone calls become common. Unfortunately, phone calls are obstructive, usually untimely and, worse still, many people ignore unfamiliar numbers.

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Topics: SMS, Automation, Ways to Zang

Four Ways to Use SMS to Increase the Acquisition & Engagement of Mobile Users

Posted by Alex Misevski on January 5, 2017

Smartphone usage is exploding, and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. By 2019, it’s estimated that the number of smartphone users worldwide will be close to 3 billion. And, with data showing that 90 percent of users’ mobile time is spent in apps, integrating SMS capabilities in applications is pivotal in brands growing their mobile user base.

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Topics: CX, UX, SMS

TaCode Tuesdays:  How to Use Zang to Create Automated SMS Alerts & Prevent Credit Card Fraud

Posted by Pedram Mohammadi on January 3, 2017

Welcome back to TaCode Tuesdays! This is the only place you can find snippets of code for use in your very own text/voice apps, along with a weekly dose of taco puns. I’m a developer here at Zang and not only am I a big fan of tacos (if that wasn’t already apparent), I’m also a fan of open source. My goal is to share a new app idea each week that you're free to use “as is” or modify and use as the basis for your next app.

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Topics: Ideas, TaCode Tuesday, SMS, Alerts