Category Archives: Utilities

TextBelt A free, open source API for outgoing texts.

TextBelt

A free, open source API for outgoing texts.

Maintained by Ian Webster. Open source on github.

TextBelt is a REST API that sends outgoing SMS. It is available as a public service or as an internally self-hosted server.

Textbelt uses carrier-specific gateways to deliver your text messages for free, and without ads. The service is fairly reliable and has sent over 1 million texts.

Send a text with a simple POST request:

 

Today, on a work for a client, i’v found Bugsnag.

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Detect and diagnose crashes in your applications

Bugsnag’s cross platform error monitoring helps you ship with confidence

  • Full-stack crash detection

    Add a line of code to your web framework, mobile app or JavaScript to start capturing crashes in real-time

  • Alerts & workflow integration

    Email, SMS, plus integrations with chat systems and issue trackers that keep you in the know, wherever you are

  •  Advanced crash diagnostics

    Get to the root cause of crashes faster with detailed stacktraces, device and request information, and more

 

algolia – hosted cloud search as a service

 

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Found Algolia the other day on https://cdnjs.com/.
Looks cool to try to look out it works…
They have a blog where they post some interesting articles about the service…

Moreover, Algolia is very easy to implement on your website as the company opted for a SaaS strategy. It means that you can implement the company’s search engine for database objects in just a few lines of code thanks to its hosted API, feed the service with JSON-formatted data, and customize it to your needs. After that, your users can start searching right away. They will interact with Algolia’s servers without ever leaving your site. With 12 different data centers across the world, Algolia tries to make the experience as responsive as possible for its users.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/20/algolia-grabs-18-3-million-from-accel-for-its-search-api-on-steroids/

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Some more readings

 

In Portugal we have a word similar to Algolia… and it isn’t good!

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Sucuri lunched Performance – A Website Performance Tool

Sucuri has lunched an Website Performance Tool.

We extract three key metrics that are critical to the performance of any website: connection time, time to first byte (TTFB) and total load time:

  • Connection time: It measures how long it takes for the TCP session to be established to your website. If you are a networking geek, it measures how long it takes for the 3-way handshake to be completed.
  • Time To First Byte (TTFB): This is one of the most important numbers to pay attention to, as it tells you how long it takes for the first byte to be received by the browser. This metric is important because as soon as the browser receives the first few bytes, it can start to load the page and display content to the end user.
  • Total Load Time: This shows how long it takes for the full page to be loaded.

To give us the visibility we need for these tests, we setup 13 globally distributed testing stations:

  • 4 in USA (New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles)
  • 1 in Canada (Montreal)
  • 4 in Europe (Germany, UK, France and Netherlands)
  • 2 in Asia (Japan and Singapore)
  • 1 in South America (Brazil)
  • 1 in Australia