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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Code Challenge: Learning Swift

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Day 1 – Learning Swift As part of the 15-Day Code Challenge that I’ve come up with, I’m learning about 15 new technologies in 15 days. The first is Swift, Apple’s new coding language. I’ve always liked developing for mobile, but I haven’t had the time to explore and play around with Swift until today. In this post I’m going to go over my experience learning Swift and building my first app. For this blog post, I have been primarily reading the ebook that Apple released. It’s a great resource and I highly recommend it for learning Swift.   Step

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15 Days of Code Challenge

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At SendGrid, we view developer relations in 3 C’s: Community, Code, and Content. Content, specifically, is one of the best ways we can scale what we do and the one “C” I would like to push myself further with. So, I’ve decided to take on a challenge of learning 15 new technologies in 15 days and blogging about my experiences with each one. In the upcoming days look out for posts on Android, Google Inbox Markup, AWS Lambda, OpenCV, using Docker and more! You can find the index of my upcoming posts below. As each post is published it will

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SendGrid Mentors at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

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As a member of our Developer Relations team, we get the awesome opportunity to work with some really motivated developers and startups. However, every now and then we get the opportunity to do something a little different that has just as big of an impact. Recently, we were able to lend a hand in a really great boot camp. My co-worker, Eddie Zaneski, and I had the privilege of attending TechStars Patriot Boot Camp in Madison, Wisconsin. We helped mentor some really badass veterans and got the opportunity to give some talks to impart wisdom from our past experiences and talk a little

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SendGrid is Helping Bring StartupBus to India

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Last year I got to ride on the StartupBus from New York to Austin, Texas. My team and I created a StartUp in 3 days, got the ability to demo in front of some amazing judges and got great feedback/friends along the way. When Prateek from AirPair mentioned the opportunity to help bring that amazing experience to aspiring entrepreneurs and developers in India, I jumped at the chance. As of now, I’m working with Prateek Gupta from AirPair, Taylor Wallace from WeVue, and the past conductor of the Florida bus, to help bring the India trip to fruition. Below is

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Connecting Inbound Email to Google Spreadsheets

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One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to get information from incoming emails entered into a Google Spreadsheet. In this post, I’ll show you one implementation on how to do this with the gspread module in Python. Getting Started with Our Parse Webhook The first thing we need to do is tell your domain that SendGrid will handle the email on its behalf. Then we tell SendGrid where to post the data from the email: Modify MX Records Change the MX Records of your domain to point to mx.sendgrid.net. This lets the registrar know that SendGrid

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Geographic List Segmentation With Event Webhook

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Do you have an email list and want it segmented by geographic location? This blog post has got you covered! To accomplish this task, we take advantage of SendGrid’s Event Webhook. If you’re not familiar with what a webhook is you can find out more HERE. But to give a brief intro, webhooks are reverse API calls. Normally, when your application takes advantage of SendGrid, it tells us through our API to send out a marketing campaign or maybe some type of account notification email. With webhooks, SendGrid now sends YOUR application data. Event Webhook   This webhook will send your

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Startup Resources

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Startups Are Everywhere We hear a lot about startups in the news, blogs, movies, and even commercials. The notion of creating a product with nothing but sheer willpower, ramen, some college buddies, and an empty garage sounds romantic. Dreams of hockey stick growth, press in TechCrunch, and Mark Cuban becoming an investor feels inevitable. In my opinion those hopes and dreams are fuel in the nascent stages of your company, but not usually what happens. It’s Hard It’s hard work finding product-market fit. That process takes time, money, and resources (commodities most startups are lacking). However, many companies such as

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