Author Archives: Yamil Asusta

About Yamil Asusta

Puerto Rican and hackNY '13 fellow. Always looking to hack/experiment something new. You can follow me @elbuo8

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SendGrid’s Secret Santa & Friends

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Many of you have have probably participated in X-Mas Gift Exchanges. If not, we should solve that! Here at SendGrid, we use Elfster and it works great. My friends and I have been doing an alcohol exchange recently. I thought this was a simple problem to hack on and use some of the SendGrid features. So I did! I’ll try to explain all the steps that I took to create our exchange system. First, I created a simple transactional template in SendGird’s Template Engine. Yes, the content is in Spanish Notice that I have #recipient# in the content. That’s because I

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A Gopher Attends PythonBrasil[10]

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A few weeks ago, I found myself arriving in Recife, Brazil for PythonBrasil[10]. I had the time of my life and met extremely bad ass people over there. I also met people whom I now call friends, and I’ll try to highlight some of my favorite things from the experience below. PythonBrasil consists of workshops, talks, sprints, and some really fun activities. The conference was super well organized. Three tracks to choose from, with amazing speakers and keynotes such as Jose Valim, the creator of the Elixir language. Translations were available, but I want to improve my understanding of Portuguese, so I

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Friends, Android, and Libraries

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Do you remember when you started going to hackathons or just basically started to do cool stuff? I remember it very clearly. In those days I gained a very dear friend, Daniel Santiago. Every so often I bug him with Java/Android stuff since he is a baller Android Developer. My questions were usually about adding support to the Java library. He took the extra time to make a little hacking project. A fork of the Java library, but intended for Android, hence, SendGrid-Android has been born! I don’t know about you, but I value this gesture more than almost any

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Hacking Health With SendGrid and SMS

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I’m trying to drink more water starting today. There are several reasons behind it, but the top one is to make my mom happy. Mothers are somewhat hard to please. At least mine is… I’ve attempted this in the past, but it didn’t end up well. In my first attempt, I had alarms set up at every single hour. This obviously didn’t work since alarms are a bit annoying. I would be in a meeting or having a conversation, and my water alarm would start ringing. Awkward… Since I still want to accomplish this, and alarms shouldn’t step in the

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SendGrid <3 Students

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Here at SendGrid we are huge advocates of community. Therefore, when John Britton reached out regarding joining their new student initiative, Student Development Pack, we all got suuuuper excited!     SendGrid’s Accelerate.EDU Package Today’s students are building the next generation of innovative apps and we want to help provide them with the tools they need to succeed. Offering our services, mentorship, or just a friendly high five (we have an unlimited amount of these!) are just a few examples. So joining GitHub’s new student initiative was a no brainer. We want to help the next generation of students build something awesome.

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JSON Web Tokens (Again!) and Koa.js

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about using JSON Web Tokens (JWT) as an alternative method of authentication using Go. The post itself contains a basic explanation about JWT and some links for content. In this post, I want to cover pretty much the same things using Koa, a new framework for Node.js. Koa is mostly a middleware framework which uses generators (only available under the Harmony flag) to control the flow of requests. The reason I mention that it’s a middleware framework is because it doesn’t come with most of the things you would expect a framework to provide, such

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Gophers can haz A/B Testing in Transactional Email

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How much do you know about the awesome folks @SendWithUs? Here @SendGrid, we’re huge fans, and quite frankly friends, of theirs. They provide an amazing service: A/B testing for transactional email templates! If you haven’t heard from them and you are a SendGrid customer, today is your lucky day since we have a partnership that might interest you! But enough about that, lets get a bit technical! I noticed that SendWithUs didn’t have a Golang library. So I figured I could build them one and allow every Go developer out there to interact with their service without having to implement

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