Articles by 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: Fun with Mashape and SendGrid


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 … Read more ›

Code Challenge: Adventures in VIM


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 … Read more ›

Code Challenge – Storing your incoming emails into

Product, Technical
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For todays Code Challenge post I wanted to try out Orchestrate has an interesting value proposition that’s very similar to what we do at SendGrid. Orchestrate essentially provides a “Database as a Service.” Data storage, just like email infrastructure, is one of those items that is easy to do poorly and very hard to do well. Orchestrate understands that … Read more ›

Code Challenge: Building a Hello World Apple iWatch App


While the Apple iWatch hasn’t been released yet, they have released WatchKit, so developers can start creating applications. For this post, I created a video that will walk you through building a watch application that displays the text “Hello World” after a button is pressed. I would also recommend reading the first post in this Code Challenge series that goes … Read more ›

Code Challenge: Intro to Twitter’s

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A couple weeks ago I watched a couple of talks on Twitter’s new product Fabric ( It’s a collection of tools to make mobile developers’ lives easier. According to their documentation, Fabric is more specifically a “set of mobile development tools called ‘Kits’ that help you make your app more stable, add social features like sharing and login, and turn … Read more ›

Code Challenge: Intro to tmux

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Say no to tabs and yes to panes when developing For today’s post in the Code Challenge series, I’m giving an intro on tmux. As a Developer Evangelist, showing code is the best way to get developers interested in how easy it is to integrate the SendGrid API. When you’re up in front of a couple of hundred devs and … Read more ›