Question - Creating SMS Texting Apps with App Inventor

does Creating SMS Texting Apps with App Inventor show how to send preset messages to a number that is stored in a persons contacts or allows the user to input the number manually?
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  • Courtney Nash (Editor, Head First) August 10, 2011 22:47
    Hi Jeff,

    In this case, the example is about inputting the number manually. Hooking it into the contacts list would be a great touch, and if I recall correctly, I ask about this at some point in the video. I believe it wasn't possible to do in App Inventor at that point, not sure if that has changed.

    Courtney
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  • Does the "user" get to input that number or is it entered during the developing phase? I need for the user to be able to input the number at least.
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  • Hello again...if i buy the videos and they do not include that info can I get a refund? I've searched everywhere with no luck so far. thanks
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  • Courtney Nash (Editor, Head First) August 11, 2011 19:20
    Hey Jeff,

    So I went back and watched the video again, as it's been a while since we shot it and I actually started to worry I didn't even answer correctly the first time around. Essentially, with this app, when a text comes in, we grab the number, and send an auto-reply to that number. When I responded initially, I realize that I was thinking more about the ability to create/store a custom response, though I believe I also ask at some point in the video if there's some way to connect the incoming number with a contact in the contact list versus just listing out the number (and the answer there was no).

    As such, we don't build any way for the app to do something based on *specific* numbers, which would require the kind of input you're asking about.

    However, that being said, the video does show you how to take an input (in this case the custom message you want to include in your auto-reply) and store it in a database. And then, in the last two video segments, we actually build the logic to compare a phone number to a list of numbers stored in a database, and change the nature of the response that goes out based on whether that number is in the list or not. So you've got the building blocks to learn how to update the app's UI to take input (which could be a phone number), store it, and do something with it. I'd wager that would give you enough info to work on the solution you're interested in--if you do go this route, please let me know how it goes! (And if the video really doesn't deliver, let us know about that too...).

    Courtney
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  • thank you so much for your time and answers.....I do not want to do the autoreply function is part of the problem...I have a standalone app built with no way to click a button that opens the users text messaging interface and pick or type in the number to send it to. Yes i can put a number in the blocks and make it work...but that won't help the end user. I am even willing to pay someone to show me if I could even find someone to do that.....Thanks again..Jeff
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