Most developers don’t take advantage of Short Message Service (SMS) as much as they could simply because negotiating the labyrinth of telecommunications service providers takes too much time. At the APIcon 2014 conference this week, Tom Lytle, developer evangelist for Nexmo, demonstrated how developers could use RESTful APIs to tap into a service that aggregates access to a range of two-way SMS services spanning the globe
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel -- whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn't you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).
The Nexmo SMS API is a service that allows you to send and receive SMS messages anywhere in the world. Nexmo provides REST APIs, but it's easier to use their official Java SDK. This tutorial covers how to send and receive SMS messages with the SDK so that you can use them in your applications.