Category Archives: Community

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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The Top Tech Posts from October

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The SendGrid Blog is designed to be a resource for all the people out there sending email. Whether you’re the founder of a small business, a VP of Marketing at a large company, or a developer working on a project at a hackathon, we want to have content tailored to your needs. For the more technically-oriented readers, our tech posts are written by SendGrid’s fantastic developer evangelists. Whether they’re exploring new code or creating one-off apps, they’ve always got new stuff to show you. Below is a compilation of the most popular technical posts from October: Help Contribute to SendGrid’s

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Hackathon: To Theme or Not to Theme?

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Hackathons are already a giant movement worldwide, especially in the US and now in Europe with the recent launch of the MLH season in that region. They’ve been growing more and more in South America as people, communities, and companies are exposed to them and see the value in helping and organizing. A common question that hackathon organizers ask me is: Should we have a theme for our hackathon? Well, let’s do a blog post to help answer that question! What’s a Hackathon? So let’s start by quickly defining a hackathon: Hackathons are time-limited events that will usually vary between

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The SendGrid Ambassador Programme

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Over the last year I’ve had the joy and privilege of being in charge of the SendGrid Ambassador Programme for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). My colleague, Yamil, has been in charge of the Ambassador Programme over in the United States and Latin America. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know by now that one of my absolute favourite parts of this job is teaching. I value teaching higher than anything. I believe if you have knowledge to share, share it. That being said, I jumped at the opportunity in December last year to take on the Ambassador Programme

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The Value of Open Source (Part 2)

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I wrote a few weeks ago about How I Value Open Source, the first part in this two-part blog series. The post covered my own thoughts on Open Source (OS), and its values to me. This post aims to cover more real-life fundamentals of OS, a deeper dive into OS and of course, the business value that lies in OS. I’ve also included a video from my original presentation about Open Source for WXG 2014 at the bottom of this post! Defining Open Source… If you look up the term Open Source (OS), you’ll probably find a bunch of articles telling

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SendGrid Mentors at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

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As a member of our Developer Relations team, we get the awesome opportunity to work with some really motivated developers and startups. However, every now and then we get the opportunity to do something a little different that has just as big of an impact. Recently, we were able to lend a hand in a really great boot camp. My co-worker, Eddie Zaneski, and I had the privilege of attending TechStars Patriot Boot Camp in Madison, Wisconsin. We helped mentor some really badass veterans and got the opportunity to give some talks to impart wisdom from our past experiences and talk a little

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4 Things That Developers Want From Products

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The following is a guest post from Martin Gontovnikas at Auth0. Learn more about Martin at the bottom of this post. Today is a great time to be a developer. I remember 7 years ago, when I had to build an application, I had to take care of getting an SMTP server, integrate with an awkward payment gateway, build my own datacenter, implement the authentication and user management backend, and so on. In the last couple of years, my life has become much simpler. In this blog post, I will cover what I think is crucial to get right if you want to

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