Articles by Martyn Davies


Martyn Davies is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid and a creative developer based in London. He has worked in technology for over 14 years with a background in both the music industry and technology. A serial hackathon organiser, mentor and startup advisor, you’ll find him presenting, demoing, hacking and chatting at hack days, conferences and meetups in the UK & Europe on a regular basis.

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Test SendGrid Webhooks with ngrok

Best Practices, Technical
ngrok

SendGrid’s webhooks for inbound parse (receiving email) and events are great for hacking with, but they can be difficult to test in a productive manner because you have to keep deploying your code to the live server in order to get our webhooks to hit it, right? Wrong. In this post I’m going to show you how to work with … Read more ›


Handy Little Library to Check Legit Email Domains

Best Practices, Product, Technical
Totally fake email :(

Maintaining good sending practices is key to ensuring your reputation with ISPs remains high and your emails get through in a timely manner Our sending practices documentation states: Typos happen. Pre-screen the email addresses you collect before you send the invitation. Ensure addresses are syntactically correct, and that the domain part of the address has a DNS MX record (which … Read more ›


What’s Forging Now in England’s ‘Steel City’?

Company
dotforge accelerator

One of the really great parts about being a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid is getting to meet with companies when they’re just a touch more than an idea. I get to do this a lot thanks to the SendGrid Accelerate programme that supports accelerators, startup incubators and co-working spaces around the world. Along with providing companies technical help with SendGrid … Read more ›


Devs Battle in Amsterdam to be Kings of Code

Events
Kings of Code

Following on from Tim’s post about our hackathon adventuring in Europe over the past week, it’s my turn to highlight some of the excellence that came out of our time at the Kings of Code ‘Hack Battle’ during The Next Web conference that took place last week in Amsterdam. After taking the rather scenic train from Paris, Tim and I … Read more ›