Category Archives: Community

Influencing Email and Becoming a White Hat ESP: Why We Love M3AAWG

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Being an email service provider (ESP) is a unique business model because we rely on proactively adapting to changes on the horizon. This information is often released slowly to the community. M3AAWG (pronounced like blog) stands for the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group. This working group focuses on addressing the different types of messaging abuse, including: Spam email Abusive SMS and MMS Viruses and Malware Denial-of-Service Attacks Botnets M3AAWG strives to resolve messaging abuse through work and initiatives with industry collaboration, technology, and public policy. M3AAWG meetings bring together the gatekeepers of the inbox, blacklistings, and email gurus

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The Importance of Projects

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Time and time again, people ask me the best way to get into programming, or the best way to learn a new language, or the best way to understand a framework, and time and time again, my answer is to start a project. Over the years, I’ve worked on countless projects, ranging from stupid ideas that got featured on tech blogs, to stupid ideas with vulgar names, to a few useful open source works. Each of these projects have taught me a great deal about one concept or another. From learning how to scale a site, to learning how to

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Love Your Open Source Contributors

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Do you find yourself maintaining open source projects? Do you by any chance get amazing contributions? I do. All the time. My job is to make developers’ lives easier and one of the ways I do so is developing and maintaining some of the libraries we provide our developers. One day, the awesome Nick Quinloon sent an email containing this: And thats how ContriBot was born! ContriBot makes it super easy to do my job. At SendGrid we receive pull requests frequently, and ContriBot is always there to help us reward those amazing contributors. Developers highly appreciate it when you

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How You Can Prepare for a Hackathon

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Just showing up at a hackathon and hoping for the best can work out fine. It can also be unfulfilling because you might not get everything out of it that you’d want. That’s where preparing just a little bit ahead of time can make a big difference. This post covers some areas you might not consider, such as adjusting your mindset, setting some goals and understanding which hackathon archetype best describes you. Get Yo’ Mind Right That is, put yourself into the hacker mindset and prime your brain for thinking creatively, efficiently, and adaptively. What’s that mean? Some things are

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From Internal IT to Hacking Robots in Warsaw

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This post comes from Kevin Grablin, IT Operations Engineer and SendGrid’s newest employee ambassador. “How would you like to go to Makerland in Warsaw?” I almost fell off the ski-lift at Eldora when Tim Falls (Director of Developer Relations) offered me the opportunity to fly 5,302 miles to Warsaw Poland to attend the first ever Makerland conference. He was offering me my first chance to play the role of a SendGrid Ambassador and attend an amazing event. It’s important to understand why this was such a huge deal for me, as my role in SendGrid is not that of a

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Productivity Tools for Work-Life Balance

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Working smart is part of any job. As a developer evangelist, I have to play multiple roles, and there are some tools that I always rely on to help me do a better/faster job. Here are some of them, and hopefully they can also be of use to you. Email Tools Boomerang Boomerang for Gmail is a Chrome/Firefox/Safari extension that lets you schedule emails to be sent later, or set reminders. I love this tool and have been using it non-stop since the day I installed. Replying to emails at 1am (not recommended, but it happens) and don’t want to

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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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