Articles by Brandon West


Brandon West

As Director of Developer Relations for SendGrid, Brandon's focus is on empowering developers to build things, gathering feedback for new features and improvements, and fostering a cooperative developer community for anything that needs email integration.

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SendGrid’s API Workshop – Interactive API Documentation

Brandon West Best Practices, Product, Technical

We have updated this system and moved it, please check out our Code Workshop here.

Sometimes it’s easier to understand how something works by seeing it in action rather than by reading about it. To make it easier to explore what our API is capable of and let customers try out API calls without having to write code, we’ve created our API Workshop.

Ready to take it for a spin? Start by putting in your SendGrid credentials:

API Workshop Credentials

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Use SendGrid SMTP with SocialEngine

Brandon West Partnerships, Product, Technical

SocialEngine is social network software that helps users build their own customized community websites. With over 8,000 websites utilizing their software, they are one of the most popular social networking web applications around. The following video shows how you can setup SocialEngine to send emails through the cloud-based SendGrid SMTP service. If you haven’t checked out SocialEngine and are thinking about adding social networking features to your website, give them a look. If you’re an existing SocialEngine customer, integrate with your SendGrid and start seeing the benefits of analytics, improved deliverability, and a flexible API for your email needs.


Wedgi.es – Simple Surveys That Use SendGrid

Brandon West Guest Post

Back in September, at the fantastic ReCommerce Hackday, I hung out with Jimmy Jacobson and Porter Haney, the guys behind Wedgi.es. Wedgi.es is a lightweight social application that lets you easily poll your friends via twitter. Porter told me he was addicted to the Wedgi.es email updates that they had implemented using SendGrid, so I asked Jimmy and Porter if they’d write about their application and experience for our blog. They obliged, so we are very pleased to present a guest blog post from Wedgi.es!

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Recap of ReCommerce hackday in Las Vegas, Nevada

Brandon West Events

How many hackdays have you been to that include ziplining across 800 feet above a downtown parade? That’s how we kicked things off in Las Vegas for Recommerce Day, a hack event with a focus on retail and sponsored by a lot of great companies and API providers, including Zappos, Mashery, Twilio, Etsy, and Klout. There were 19 incredible hacks presented and a lot of great prizes were given away. The winner for Most Fun and Weird went to Rotten Huevos from @harmophone, a web app that uses the Rotten Tomatoes API to check the movie you’re about to watch, and then orders extra underwear via Manpacks if the movie is scary and might cause you to soil yourself. The Best Mashup awardRead More ›


Announcing Improved Heroku Integration

Brandon West Company, Partnerships, Product

We are pleased to announce some improvements for SendGrid users on Heroku. We’ve increased email credits across the board, refreshed our suite of plans, and have enabled some additional features. Heroku users can now manage their sub-users via our API, and all users on the Silver plan and above have access to dedicated IPs for their accounts. Heroku and SendGrid’s partnership started in 2009 while SendGrid was still in the TechStars program. Heroku and SendGrid have both grown from tiny startups sailing the untested seas of the cloud services market to proven market leaders. Before Sendgrid had a proper logo, we had a simple clipart image of an envelope with our name on it. Longtime users might notice that the old logoRead More ›


Bookmarklet for Exporting Email Activity to CSV

Brandon West Best Practices, Product, Technical

Brett Zink at yottaflow has created an awesome bookmarklet that allows you to export your email activity results to a CSV file. Use the search bar to filter the data however you want, and then click on your new Bookmarklet. The Bookmarklet opens in a new window with all the data reformatted into CSV. The first time you use it you’ll probably get stopped by your pop-up blocker. Just allow pop-ups from sendgrid.com and try again. This is a handy tool for getting your results into Excel. Our development team is working on adding an export to the Email Activity page but in the meantime this is fantastic. Thanks Brett!


Announcing Safe Harbor Compliance

Brandon West Company

We are happy to announce that we are certified as Safe Harbor compliant. The Safe Harbor program ensures compliance with the European Union Data Protection Directive, a directive that protects personal data by ensuring that it is only used with permission and for legitimate purposes. We look forward to working with clients in the EU! Please get in touch if you have any questions.


Building a Community for Building Things

Brandon West Company

Hi everyone, I’m Brandon West. I’ve just started working as a Developer Relations Engineer for SendGrid, and I’m here to help Tim Falls make our developer community the best it can be. That means I’ll be hanging out everywhere developers gather – on and offline. I’ll be attending events like hack days, Startup Weekends, conferences – anywhere people are building (or talking about building) cool things! You can consider me a general resource to web developers, ready to help in any way possible.

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