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Posted on March 3, 2009 by tropo

With Tropo, Voxeo makes it very easy for web developers to build voice and telephony applications using familiar languages – JavaScript, Groovy, PHP, Ruby and Python for starters. During the Tropo launch today at eComm, Voxeo announced that it would pay $100 cash for each selected sample app.

Here’s how it works:

  • Developers can join Tropo for free at When you sign up, you’ll receive a $200 usage credit for running applications in the future. For now, Tropo is in a free trial period.
  • Check out our documentation and samples by clicking the “documentation” tab or go directly to
  • At our sole discretion we will pay $100 for any sample applications we like. All you need to do is write an app, submit it to us at,and agree to publish it under the MIT license. If we like it we’ll PayPal you $100. 

Visit to get started. Go from sign up to deployment in minutes. It’s that easy. 

Void where prohibited.

Get the Tropo sample applications - via git and Github

Posted on March 3, 2009 by Adam Kalsey

githublogo-1.jpgWould 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://

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.

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Introducing Tropo... a new way to develop voice applications in languages you already know...

Posted on March 3, 2009 by Adam Kalsey

tropo.comlogo.jpgAt 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.

Tropo is an application platform that enables web developers to write communication applications in the languages they already use: Groovy, Ruby, PHP, Python and JavaScript. Tropo is in the cloud, so we manage the headaches of dealing with infrastructure and keeping applications up and running at enterprise-grade. Tropo is simple to deploy, requires no contracts and no up-front setup costs. With Tropo developers can build and deploy voice and telephony applications, or add voice to existing applications.

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 for more information and to sign up to get started today!

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