Category Archives: Community

Automating the Accelerate Program Using Stamplay

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Stamplay + SendGrid Stamplay is basically lego blocks for developers. Essentially, it allows developers to connect disparate API endpoints together to build a functioning backend, all through an easy-to-use and intuitive interface. I first came across the tool during my office hours at 500 Startups and I immediately saw a lot of value in it. In addition to connecting endpoints seamlessly, it also allows a developer to trigger workflows based on certain criteria. For example, you can send out automated Slack invites over email. Stamplay connects with several services (including SendGrid) to add a layer of abstraction, allowing developers, and even

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The SendGrid Internal Hackathon

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In mid-August, we hosted our second-annual Internal Hackathon and once again, it was a total success! Over 100 employees, ~30 hacks, and 24 hours of creative excellence! The whole idea of hackathons is to bring people together in a creative environment and give them the freedom to build something amazing. All too often now we see companies hosting internal hackathons where the event is either mandatory attendance, or a chance for the company to exploit their employees by having them work on only the business’s software, and without any kind of remuneration—in essence just a long, pressured sprint. This isn’t

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10 Reasons I Love Being a Developer Evangelist (In Pictures)

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I’ve now been a Developer Evangelist (or as I call it, a Devangelist) for 29 months. I’ve admittedly been close to burn out twice, but bounced back from both close-to-burnouts with the knowledge to keep myself from doing it again. I’ve been all over the world, spoken at some of the best conferences, attended some of the best hackathons, learned an unbelievable amount, mentored some of the finest minds I’ve ever come across, and enjoyed every minute of it. To document my ongoing experience as a Devangelist, I thought I’d throw together this pictorial blog to tell my story. So, here

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The Trouble with Tech Debt and Information Debt

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It might be weird to imagine, but the first things that come to mind when I think of tech debt and information debt is Star Trek and cats. Specifically, I think of tribbles and wrangling kittens. You might think this is a total stretch, but let me explain… Tribbles are basically little fluff balls that can multiply seemingly exponentially in a short amount of time if exposed to food. They’ll get everywhere, but are easy to capture once you get them away from food. Kittens, on the other hand are wonderful little animals that are so cute and needy, they

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How to Open Source Your Code in 11 Steps

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Before you open source a library, there are a few things that you need to do to ensure you’re following all the rules and that the code is ready for the community. Here’s the 11 step pre-flight checklist that we put together internally at SendGrid: Check the code to make sure that no proprietary information like usernames and passwords are present, and that configuration uses environment variables where necessary. Your code isn’t portable if there are hardcoded database names and credentials. Environment variables are convenient and are a secure default. Make sure that dependencies are encapsulated and explicitly declared. People

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Conference/Event Speaking as a Developer

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If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’re probably aware that I hold knowledge sharing in the highest regard possible. I’m lucky in that I get to share knowledge in many ways: blogging, hackathon mentorship, start-up office hours, etc. One of my absolute favourite ways of sharing knowledge though, is event and conference speaking. Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of speaking at around 20 events like user groups, meet-ups, and conferences. Being able to get up in front of an audience and share the knowledge you’re passionate about is a win/win for everyone.

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Fast Food Code Challenge: Taco Bell + SendGrid

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At SendGrid we love our customers and I personally love Taco Bell. So it makes me proud to say that we power the email receipts of Taco Bell’s new mobile application! I thought I would let my colleagues take a break and I’ll take on the hard task of reviewing Taco Bell’s new app. I know, its a tough job, but somebody has to do it…right? In this post, I’ll go through how it works, my order experience, and some tips on how best to use it. At the end, I’ll also challenge my fellow developers to get creative by

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