Send *and* receive FileMaker data with Twilio

If you’re using SMS with a FileMaker solution, you’re probably doing more sending than receiving. Maybe you’re using a service that converts email to SMS. Or maybe you signed up with an SMS provider like Twilio, and are sending texts from your database with httpspost. That’s fine, but what about sending an SMS /to/ a FileMaker solution? I’m not talking about just saving inbound messages as records. I mean doing a find request based on the sender’s cell number and message content, and responding with record data.

Before we dive into that, this is /not/ a post about how to set up a Twilio account. I’m assuming you’ve done that, and defined your Request URL, and copied the Twilio framework to your webserver. This post is about using the FileMaker PHP API to respond to inbound messages. Ok. Let’s go. (more…)