We're starting work on a RapidSMS tutorial, similar to the Django tutorial.
Here are my initial thoughts about what steps we might break a tutorial down into:
1) Start a new RapidSMS project. Set up message tester. Write a minimal app that responds to a message. Put it through its paces.
2) Configure the default app with a custom response. Recreate the minimal app from step 1, this time using a handler. Demonstrate keyword and pattern handlers.
3) It's probably time to actually send and receive messages to telephones. Tropo has free development accounts and there's a Tropo backend at https://github.com/caktus/rapidsms-tropo
. Walk through adding that to the project. Set up a Tropo development account. Demo the test app from step 2, this time using real messages.