Category Archives: Product

Code Challenge – Storing your incoming emails into Orchestrate.io

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For todays Code Challenge post I wanted to try out Orchestrate.io. Orchestrate has an interesting value proposition that’s very similar to what we do at SendGrid. Orchestrate essentially provides a “Database as a Service.” Data storage, just like email infrastructure, is one of those items that is easy to do poorly and very hard to do well. Orchestrate understands that different types of databases are optimized for different types of storage and retrieval. For example: MongoDB, CouchDb, and Redis: Key/Value Elasticsearch and Apache Solr: Full Text Search Neo4j and OrientDB: Graph MongoDB with 2dsphere indexes:  GeoSpatial According to Orchestrate, there

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Code Challenge: More Natural Language Processing with the Alchemy API

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In my last blog post I walked through TextBlob and showcased a quick app that can be a first-responder to incoming emails. In that example it would respond back differently based on the sentiment of the incoming email. For this post, I want to dive further into Natural Language Processing and showcase how you can take advantage of the Alchemy API to find out other really interesting parts of your incoming email. This can be used for automatically responding to messages, categorizing messages, classifying messages, and more. Data that Alchemy API can give you on text: Entity Extraction Sentiment Analysis

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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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Code Challenge: Get Sentiment Analysis of Incoming Emails with Parse Webhook and TextBlob

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For Day 3 of this series, I wanted to start diving into an application of Machine Learning. This has long been one of my favorite topics in Computer Science. For this post I wanted to touch upon Natural Language Processing. It’s a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that focuses on the ability for machines to manipulate Natural Language and derive meaning from it. It probably sounds badass because it is.   Sentiment Analysis with TextBlob In particular I want to focus on Sentiment Analysis and mashing that up with Email. In this blog post I’m going to create a quick

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Code Challenge: Creating a Black Friday Mashup with Kimono and SendGrid

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This is the post for Day 2 of my 15 Days of Code Challenge. In it, I’ll be looking at the Kimono Labs API and mashing it up with the SendGrid Web API. I’ve wanted to play around with the Kimono Labs API for a while, but never got the time. We’ve talked about the difference between webhooks and APIs on the blog before, so you can head there for a refresher. I thought this would be perfect for Day 2 of my blog series. Plus, Black Friday is this week and what better way to show off another cool API

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SendGrid and Sendwithus: A Video Tutorial

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In June, we happily announced a partnership with email optimization and segmentation company, Sendwithus. Sendwithus is a premium template service that enables your marketing team to take more control of email and allows your developers to focus more time on your application. As part of this partnership, all SendGrid customers receive Sendwithus’ “Starter” plan for free. To provide some more detail on how to set up your free account with Sendwithus and how you can access their email templates to send transactional, drip, and segmented emails, we asked Matt Beers from our Support team and Matt Harris, CEO at Sendwithus

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Stamplia Builder Creates and Exports Templates Directly to SendGrid

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This year, we’ve been focused on bringing you an easier way to create engaging email content. In May, we introduced our Template Engine and in June we introduced our partnership with Sendwithus. Today, we’re showcasing a company that has created another great content opportunity for our customers. Stamplia allows customers to create templates for nearly any email they want to send, including newsletters, transactional email, and responsive email through their free Stamplia Builder account. Stamplia Builder allows customers to easily drag-and-drop message elements and edit wording of any Stamplia template. Rather than spend time and resources on developing, designing, and

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