Author Archives: Kunal Batra

About Kunal Batra

Meet Kunal, Developer Evangelist at-large for SendGrid and home-grown New Jersey hacker. He previously ran General Machines, which developed Deaftel - a phone service for the deaf that converts voice to text and text back into voice over a phone call. Since March 2013, Kunal has been working as a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, helping enable developers to get the tools and resources they need to make awesome, creative stuff.

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Fast Food Code Challenge: Taco Bell + SendGrid

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At SendGrid we love our customers and I personally love Taco Bell. So it makes me proud to say that we power the email receipts of Taco Bell’s new mobile application! I thought I would let my colleagues take a break and I’ll take on the hard task of reviewing Taco Bell’s new app. I know, its a tough job, but somebody has to do it…right? In this post, I’ll go through how it works, my order experience, and some tips on how best to use it. At the end, I’ll also challenge my fellow developers to get creative by

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Code Challenge: Incoming Email Analysis with Crunchbase and the Parse Webhook

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In my final Code Challenge blog post, I’m taking a look at CrunchBase. If you’d like to read more about this Code Challenge, and see a list of other posts, visit my first post: 15 Days of Code Challenge. In my previous blog posts we looked at a Python module and Machine Learning API that let us analyze incoming email by their sentiment and concepts based on the body of the email. In this post, I want to showcase another way to classify and prioritize your incoming email. We’ll look at the CrunchBase API and get information from their database on the sender and their

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Code Challenge: Fun with Mashape and SendGrid

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In my penultimate post for the Code Challenge series, I’m putting a spotlight on Mashape. You can check out the list of all my posts in my introduction to the Code Challenge. Mashape is an API hub that has tons of APIs that are perfect for SendGrid mash-ups. In this post I wanted to go over some of my favorites and showcase how they work. Email Sherlock As the name suggests, Email Sherlock gives you information on the email address provided. It does this by doing a social media search on the email address. This makes a good mash-up with

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Code Challenge: The SendGrid Event Webhook + Firebase

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Creating a Real-Time Email Event Feed There was a bit of a break in my 15 Days of Code Challenge over the holidays, but I’m back to finish the last three. Today, I’ve created a real-time email event feed by using SendGrid’s own Event Webhook, Firebase, and a couple other tools. Check out the tutorial below. I use a Mac and wanted to showcase an easy way to get the real-time feed of what’s happening with my email. I thought it would be interesting to create a native Mac application that sits in the OSX menu bar right next to

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Code Challenge: Listen to Incoming Emails with Twilio

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A lot of cars now provide you with Bluetooth connections to your mobile phone. This gives you the ability to play music from your phone as well as make and answer phone calls. This made me think, what if we could extend this ability to listen and respond to incoming emails? I found it’s actually possible by turning on email forwarding and implementing the SendGrid Parse Webhook and the Twilio API. Ingredients Twilio Account: Twilio is a voice and messaging API service. We use their service to call our phone and dictate the email. SendGrid Account: We use the Parse

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Code Challenge: Adventures in VIM

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As developers, we all use different text editors when writing code. This post isn’t meant to say VIM is better than emacs, sublime, etc. VIM is just the editor I switched to a while back, and I wanted to go through some awesome resources that I’ve use to become a better “VIMMER.” For this post, I’m going to walk through some VIM basics that I think the beginner needs. Afterwards, I’ll walk through some great resources. Basics to Get Started The first thing you’re going to notice when you open VIM is that you can’t start writing code. This is

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Code Challenge: Add Machine translation to SendGrid for communicating with your International friends.

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For todays post I wanted to explore a use case for the SendGrid API, that I personally don’t see too often. That use case is mashing up a Machine Translation API with our mail API and webhook. I want to create an email address that lets me communicate with my coworkers and friends that I have been lucky to make in Brazil. How this will work: I’m going to create an application that will translate any email that I send out into portuguese. Any email that gets sent to that address will be translated back into english. The concept is pretty simple

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