Author Archives: Heitor Sergent

About Heitor Sergent

Heitor is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Passionate about hackathons, games and entrepeneurship.

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Articles Posted by Heitor


Productivity Tools for Work-Life Balance

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Working smart is part of any job. As a developer evangelist, I have to play multiple roles, and there are some tools that I always rely on to help me do a better/faster job. Here are some of them, and hopefully they can also be of use to you. Email Tools Boomerang Boomerang for Gmail is a Chrome/Firefox/Safari extension that lets you schedule emails to be sent later, or set reminders. I love this tool and have been using it non-stop since the day I installed. Replying to emails at 1am (not recommended, but it happens) and don’t want to

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Animated GIFs Inside Your Inbox

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Want to bring a smile to your face? Try sending yourself an animated GIF. Once a sign of Web 1.0, these graphics are now such a form of expression that there’s a startup just to search them. In this post, I’ll show you how to use an API to find GIFs and the SendGrid Inbound Parse Webhook to request specific search terms. The end result, of course, are animated GIFs inside your inbox.   The demo application uses Giphy to search for animated GIFs. Before I show the technology behind the application, try it out using either the email or

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Developer Organizers of Brazil Unite

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I’m a developer. I try to be an active member of the developer community, in Brazil and the surrounding region. I wrote a Latin America year in review about the unique opportunities and challenges in my community. There aren’t as many developer events here and we need to change that. Much of my role at SendGrid is finding out what communities need to grow, and helping them with that, or co-organizing and starting events. Here are a few recent and upcoming events that I’ve had a hand in: devbeers API Hack Day SP BRAPPS Hackathon Docker Meetup SP Startup Weekend

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How to Help your Local Developer Community

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Part of being a developer evangelist is helping support and nurture the local community. When you’re just starting something new, like developing in a new language, starting your own company, or even starting a new habit like reading a book every week, being a part of a community can be the difference between having a great…or having an awesome experience. But the thought of it may seem a little intimidating, so here are some tips to help you get started. Look for communities First things first–look for existing communities. There are a myriad of social networks /community sites that you

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Latin America Developer Ecosystem: A Year in Review

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Four months ago I started working for SendGrid as a Developer Evangelist in Latin America. It was a big challenge to take on, and I’ve been in touch with more people than I can count in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. Here are some of the challenges I’ve been facing and my impressions about them: Hackathons Hackathons have been growing a lot during the past couple years. They have been growing so much that they are gathering crowds of hundreds of people, giving 1 million dollar prizes, and causing some controversy. And now, there’s even a college league just for hackathons. But there’s

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Send Email From Your Unity Game

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There’s a huge opportunity for email games, as I wrote in a previous post. There’s also a need for email within games. Unity is a popular tool for publishing multi-platform games. But what about sending email from Unity? I decided to share how I did this with SendGrid. When you’re developing in Unity you can use either C#, Javascript, or Boo. I’m going to show an example using C# to send email through SMTP using SendGrid’s SMTP API and by making a simple HTTP request using the Web API. First, to send using SMTP is really simple. You can use

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Find Email Games in Your Inbox

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Since my early days I’ve been a fan of games. Besides having fun and exploring fantasy worlds, they have basically taught me English, and I bet they improved my rational thinking and hand-eye coordination, amongst other things. My passion for games didn’t just stop at playing them. Before joining SendGrid I was developing games for a living. I made some games for Windows Phone (I loved my HTC Ultimate), a couple Flash prototypes, and an iOS game. So, as soon as I started on this job I was thinking, how can I put together my passion for games together with

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