Author Archives: Robin Johnson

About Robin Johnson

SendGrid Devangelist. London based polyglot hacker, mainly playing with Golang and Ruby. Musical Hacker, Hardware hacker, Hackathon lover, API abuser and NoSQL user.

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How to Survive as a Developer Evangelist

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If you’re here, you already know (roughly) what a developer evangelist is. You know that we’re Globetrotters, Hackers, Hustlers, Teachers, Mentors and Frequent-Flyer Mile Collectors. You have an idea of what a developer evangelist does. If you’re interested in becoming a developer evangelist, good on you. It’s the best job in the world; it truly is. HOWEVER, as you’re sure to find out, it is exhausting. In this post, I’m hoping to help minimise that exhaustion, and help you to avoid the dreaded burn-out. I’m recently back from Paris. I was there for Music Hackday (one of my favourite events),

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Selfies With Buscemeyes Using Inbound Email

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My favourite part of SendGrid is the Parse Webhook for incoming email. The webhook posts new emails right to your server. Since it includes attachments, I often show that off at hackathons. I usually share a classic use case: the expense application that needs to get images of receipts. That’s perfect for the Parse Webhook. But then I also like to have a little fun. That’s when I show the audience “Selfies with Buscemeyes.” Getting Steve Buscemeyed The idea behind this hack came from a rather funny Tumblr blog of women Photoshopped to have the eyes of actor Steve Buscemi.

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How I Learned to Appreciate JavaScript By Smacking Justin Bieber

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It may come as a surprise, but until a few days ago, I completely hated JavaScript. Yes, JavaScript is increasingly important to most developers, but that didn’t mean I had to like it. Through the process of writing my first-ever JavaScript game–and coming in second place at MIDEM Hack 2014–I have at least come to appreciate the language.     Below, I’ll talk about my first ever HTML5 Canvas and Javascript game, which includes using LeapMotion in-browser to hit falling Justin Bieber heads. I’ll also cover the awesome MIDEM Hack where I created this game. A Weekend in Cannes The

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Two Hacking Santas Present: Rails & The Inbound Parse Webhook

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“Merry Haxmas!”–The first excited words I shouted on Wednesday morning as I remembered the day’s plans. I am a big kid. I love Christmas. I also love hacking. So why not combine the two? The aim of the day was for Alex Reed (our latest SendGrid European Ambassador) and me to dress up like Santa, and live-stream ourselves creating “The 12 Hacks of Christmas.” Admittedly, we only managed 2 out of the 12 hacks, but we had a lot of fun, came up with some great ideas, and had over 300 viewers tune in to watch us. This was so much fun,

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What Makes Me a Developer Evangelist?

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What makes a Developer Evangelist, to some, may be a slightly redundant question.  I’m sure a few of my fellow Evangelists would agree, but is it really? The Developer Evangelist role came about a few years back, pioneered by a select group of popular API-Providing companies. Originally, this role came to fruition in North America, but gradually, spread its excellency into Europe, and even today is still growing exponentially. I’m not here to talk about the history of devangelism. I’m not writing about “What makes a Developer Evangelist,” I’m writing about “What makes me a Developer Evangelist.” I’m Robin Johnson, SendGrid’s newest

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