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About 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.

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Introduction to Un-Programming

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APIs provide “hooks” for developers to create new applications on top of other services. Many of these same hooks have been converted into templates that give anyone access to functionality previously only available to programmers. With services like If This Then That and Zapier, anyone can automate their business or their lives with what I call “un-programming.” This post is a taste of a SXSW workshop I’ll be giving on Tuesday. Unlike with normal programming, where you could integrate with any API, un-programming requires a little more work to be completed for you. You need to have a template available within

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API Documentation: Always Living With It, Can’t Live Without It

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Have you ever heard the one about the API with the perfect documentation? Yeah, me neither, and I wouldn’t believe it if I did. API documentation–all technical documentation, really–is notoriously difficult to produce, but just as essential to a developer’s life. If you’re reading this, the chances are you already know this to be true. And I’d place a bet that you’ve looked at some pretty bad documentation in an effort to make anything work. This post shares four lessons to everyone who creates documentation. And, as one of these lessons shares, anyone who codes (and some who don’t) should

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Hackathon Tips for Developers and Evangelists

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SendGrid’s team of evangelists attends a lot of hackathons, in addition to other events. In turn, they’ve written a lot about hackathons, from both the perspective of a developer hacking and an evangelist working the event. Below, you’ll find some of the best tips they’ve shared recently. Remember the Community Hackathons mean a lot of things to different people. The important thing to remember is that a hackathon happens for the community that attends. Oftentimes it’s organized by that very community it supports. WHY a Hackathon Community is the first of many reasons for a hackathon. How I Organized Puerto

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Un-programming: Maybe Everybody Shouldn’t Learn to Code

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Follow the history of computer science, and it’s a series of solutions that make programming easier. The early days required punch cards and hours of compile time. The C language is not difficult when compared to assembly. Modern languages and computing in the cloud have further simplified the programmer’s life. Assuming this trend continues, programming in the future won’t look much like it does today. Maybe the “learn to code” movement is premature because the future has everybody un-programming. There are signs of this non-technical future today in the proliferation of APIs and the popularity of tools like Zapier and

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How iDoneThis Interactively Increases Productivity

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When Rodrigo Guzman was in grad school, he would lose track of his physics research. Though he spent a lot of time working, the days would blend together. He wasn’t really sure he was making forward progress. So he started outlining the important things he did each day on a calendar. This problem of understanding one’s own productivity exists outside of academia, too. Guzman co-founded iDoneThis to help others use his simple trick to track their own important things and share them with their team members. Every day, iDoneThis sends an email out to its users that requests a reply

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How to Write a Speaking Proposal for a Tech Conference

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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 below and, most importantly, resolve to submit a proposal. It’s much harder to be selected if you haven’t declared your interest. Start with the audiences When crafting a proposal, you have at least two audiences: Conference attendee Conference organizer The

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Parse Webhook Guide: Make Email a Two Way Street

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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 or application. Today we’ve launched the Parse Webhook Guide to help you take advantage of incoming email through SendGrid. It helps you understand how to receive email from both a technical and operational standpoint. Plus, we show examples of how

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