Would you like to easily get your hands on the Tropo sample applications? I mean, you certainly can download them from the Tropo documentation website, but we’ve also made them very easy to download from our account on Github. All you need do to is go to:
If you just want to download the sample application files, simply click the “download” button and you’ll have a choice of a ZIP or tar file:
Alternatively, if you have the git version control system installed on your computer, you can simply clone our Github repository:
git clone git://github.com/voxeo/tropo-samples.git
That will pull a copy onto your local system. We will be updating the repository quite frequently over the next while, so from time to time you will want to do:
git pull origin master
in your “tropo-samples” directory. That will pull down the changes from our Github repo. If you are already a Github user and want to suggest changes for us, feel free to fork our repo and then request a pull. (And if that last sentence made no sense to you, that’s okay.)
If you would like to learn more about Git, you can watch my Emerging Tech Talk podcasts #24, Learning Git, Part 1: Intro to Version Control Systems and #25, Learning Git, Part 2: Getting Started with Git.
We hope this makes the source code more accessible to you all – please let us know what you think about making code available this way.
At Voxeo, we love clouds but we don’t have our heads in them all the time. We realize not every developer wants to write applications in XML. There are lots of developers with lots of ideas, but they want to write their apps in the languages they’re already using. So we decided to do something about it – we created Tropo.
Previously developers had to write voice applications in VoiceXML. This has left out developers who either did not want to learn VoiceXML, wanted the flexibility of working in other development languages or have been working in VoiceXML for 10 years and are ready for a change.
Already, developers are having fun with the platform… take a look at the sample applications and you’ll see voice mashups that read you various news feeds (or your Google reader)… an app that gives you the ETA of trains on the BART system… location mashups using Yahoo!Local… weather examples… even a Monty Python quote server. (UPDATE: March 2, 2011 – A better place to start today is our Quickstart guide.)
With many applications still to be written and many existing applications that can be enhanced by adding voice, Tropo is unleashing the creativity of the web developer community on the communications world. We can’t wait to see what happens. Please visit www.tropo.com for more information and to sign up to get started today!