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I am a (happy) twilio customer and I do not understand this:

"Today, we’re excited to announce Twilio Functions, a serverless environment to build and run Twilio applications so you can get to production faster."

I did just that ... I signed up for twilio, wrote a simple twiML[1] inside their web editor, and attached it to a phone number.

No servers were involved (I am not sure how I could involve a server) and I "got to production" very fast.

What would I do differently now ?

[1] "Ring Forever"

Is there not functionality that can't be expressed in a twiML?

Like communicating to separate service or database within a given request from an SMS or Voice callback, etc... functionality that until today would have required web-hooks running on some other server (or cloud function)?

Yes, we pull data from our database to make dynamic responses. But I'm not sure if this services model helps that. You would have to create an API to interface with your own DB.

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