Serverless environment to build and run Twilio applications

What is Twilio Functions?

Developers provide Twilio with Node.js code for handling their communication events, such as an incoming phone call, and Twilio executes this code on their behalf, ensuring a seamless communications experience.

Twilio Functions is a tool in the Serverless / Task Processing category of a tech stack.

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Julien DeFrance
Julien DeFrance
Full Stack Engineering Manager at ValiMail · | 3 upvotes · 6151 views
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SendGrid
Authy
Twilio Functions
Twilio
Nexmo
#Twilio
#SDK
#SMS
#VoiceAndSms

Nexmo vs Twilio ?

Back in the early days at SmartZip Analytics, that evaluation had - for whatever reason - been made by Product Management. Some developers might have been consulted, but we hadn't made the final call and some key engineering aspects of it were omitted.

When revamping the platform, I made sure to flip the decision process how it should be. Business provided an input but Engineering lead the way and has the final say on all implementation matters. My engineers and I decided on re-evaluating the criteria and vendor selection. Not only did we need SMS support, but were we not thinking about #VoiceAndSms support as the use cases evolved.

Also, on an engineering standpoint, SDK mattered. Nexmo didn't have any. Twilio did. No-one would ever want to re-build from scratch integration layers vendors should naturally come up with and provide their customers with.

Twilio won on all fronts. Including costs and implementation timelines. No-one even noticed the vendor switch.

Many years later, Twilio demonstrated its position as a leader by holding conferences in the Bay Area, announcing features like Twilio Functions. Even acquired Authy which we also used for 2FA. Twilio's growth has been amazing. Its recent acquisition of SendGrid continues to show it.

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Twilio Functions's Features

  • No servers to manage
  • Lower latency
  • Complete runtime environment

Twilio Functions's alternatives

  • AWS Lambda - Automatically run code in response to modifications to objects in Amazon S3 buckets, messages in Kinesis streams, or updates in DynamoDB
  • Serverless - The most widely-adopted toolkit for building serverless applications
  • Cloud Functions for Firebase - Run your mobile backend code without managing servers
  • Google Cloud Functions - A serverless environment to build and connect cloud services
  • Azure Functions - Listen and react to events across your stack

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