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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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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Gist Me Please?

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Do you find yourself writing technical blog posts in Markdown and exporting them to HTML? Do you end up writing GitHub Flavored Markdown and then exporting to blocks or something similar? I know I used to do that quite often. Thats the reason I created Propagandist. Propagandist is a simple tool which will parse out your Markdown and convert it into HTML. The cool part is that every Code Snippet that it finds gets replaced with a Gist for it. This produces a central Gist with all the snippets that users can jump into. Propagandist is built on top Gost

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Hackathons, Template Engine, and I

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know that SendGrid released Transactional Templates recently. I’ve been using them for a while, specifically for my API demos. It makes it super simple for me to customize emails for a specific school or crowd on the fly without touching any code. With Transactional Templates I don’t ever touch my code. Here is how my code looks like: Now if I want to go to HackRU and give a demo, I don’t have to change anything in my code. I can go to the Templates interface and activate the template

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