Articles by Adam DuVander

Adam DuVander speaks fluent "developer" while serving as Developer Communications Director. He helps SendGrid connect to coders of all stripes. Previously Adam wrote for Wired, Webmonkey and edited ProgrammableWeb, the leading resource for APIs.

How to Write a Speaking Proposal for a Tech Conference

Veteran audience at TechStars Bootcamp

It’s conference season. Developers looking to meet others and share their knowledge may be considering talk proposals. Speaking at a conference is great experience and makes for efficient networking, as well. A speaking slot tends to be good for your employer and your own brand alike. If you haven’t done much speaking, writing proposals can be intimidating. Consider the tips … Read more ›

Parse Webhook Guide: Make Email a Two Way Street

Best Practices
Parse Webhook Guide

When you think about email in your applications, chances are you first think of sending email. SendGrid has email deliverability covered. In addition to sending email through SendGrid, you can also receive it using the incoming Parse Webhook. Using this feature, you can make your applications interactive by inviting replies and reacting without the user necessarily even visiting your website … Read more ›

Tips to Embrace Your Developer Community

Dan, Second Place Winner at Spocode and the winner of the SendGrid Prize

Despite being a fairly young company, SendGrid has a long tradition of working directly with our community. Director of Developer Relations Tim Falls was among the first employees and had the title of “community guy” for much of his tenure. The developer evangelists have written many blog posts about community and they boil down to these three tips. It’s About … Read more ›

Email Productivity Hacks Powered By SendGrid


We all spend a lot of our lives in our email clients. I know it’s the nervous system of my life. Everything flows through email, which makes it a good choice for improving your productivity. Below you’ll find a handful of apps and hacks that use email to help you remember people, finish projects, achieve goals and otherwise make yourself … Read more ›

The Nine Events of Email

Event Webhook Guide

As emails are sent and recipients interact with them, events are triggered within SendGrid. Customers on the Silver plan and above (as well as the free plan, which handles sending up to 200 emails per day) can enable the Event Webhook to receive notifications for the nine types of email events described below. Some are informational and can be used … Read more ›

Let Someone Else Write 80% of Your App

Pareto principle for app development

When was the last time you walked through a room full of servers humming? For most developers, it’s been awhile, if ever. The complexity of running servers has been abstracted into Infrastructure-as-a-service and even Platform-as-a-service offerings. It’s going further, as developers are able to focus on the core features of their apps and not on the stuff that every app … Read more ›

Should Everybody Learn to Program?

Sphero programming

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg famously announced his intention to learn to code in 2012. It became a symbol of an entire movement where previously non-technical people take the plunge into programming’s logical waters. We have written before about building a conceptual framework and even what programming language to learn, but haven’t really talked about who should be learning to … Read more ›

Weekend Hacking to Money, Miles and Merit

Events, Guest Post
AirPing screenshots

The following is a guest post from SendGrid engineer Kien Pham Our developer evangelists trot the globe attending many hackathons, among other events. Most engineers at SendGrid spend the majority of our time nearer to home, working on the products. In my spare time I’ve enjoyed attending those same events the evangelists know so well, but as a participant, sometimes … Read more ›

5 Best Practices for Using SendGrid With Google App Engine

Best Practices, Partnerships, Technical
Photo by Adam Goode

Now that SendGrid joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program, it’s extremely simple to integrate email into your Google App Engine apps. In addition to helping get your email delivered, we offer statistics and advanced APIs to send, receive and analyze email. Below you’ll learn five key lessons for using SendGrid with Google App Engine. 1. Get Started The first … Read more ›

Three Tools for Making Sense of Event Data

Product, Technical
Photo by Adam Goode

One of the best things about APIs is they can inspire entire third party ecosystems. The SendGrid Event API can be used in a number of ways, from inferring engagement to dashboards. It’s multi-purpose because it’s simply a firehose of data on all the email you’re sending. The three tools below are just a few examples of what has been … Read more ›