Category Archives: Technical

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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Tracking Email Using Microsoft Azure and the SendGrid Event Webhook (Part 1)

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At the end of this three-part blog post, you will have created a Windows Phone app that can receive push notifications when certain email events happen (e.g. email opened or link clicked), in near real-time. In this first post, we’ll implement the SendGrid Event Webhook listener. Specifically, a C# ASP.NET application on Azure. Part two will cover creating a Windows Phone 8.1 app that displays email tracking data via the SendGrid Web API. In part three, we’ll send push notifications from our SendGrid Event Webhook listener when certain events, such as a bounce, occur. Prerequisites/Assumptions This code (source) was developed

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Sending Email From a Tessel Using SendGrid

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When Technical Machine announced their JavaScript powered microcontroller almost a year ago, I immediately backed it once it popped up on the Dragon Innovation crowdfunding platform. Since their successful funding on October 5th 2013, I’ve been waiting. Waiting for TODAY. When my Tessel microcontroller and GPRS Sim900 add-on module arrived after a two week trip from the US, to my house near Wimbledon, in London, via somewhere in Germany. As I’m about to go on holiday, I don’t have a lot of time to dig in and really explore the uses but there was one thing I knew I could

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Sending Email With Nodemailer and SendGrid

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The recent release of Nodemailer version 1.0.0 was packed full of awesome! Not only was it completely rewritten from the ground up, but it brings support for a modularized transport system, giving developers a standard way to send email regardless of the service used to send it. This is huge because it allows developers to switch all of their mail sending functionality over to a new email transport by only changing a few lines of code. You’ve always been able to use Nodemailer with our SMTP transport, and you still can, but we advocate using our Web API wherever possible,

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Tips and Tricks for a Beginner Developer Evangelist (Part 1)

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My onboarding as a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid was brief because I had been with the company for a year before I joined full-time. I started as an intern on the Ops team and when the summer ended, worked part-time remotely while finishing up my computer science degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The first thing I did when I started full-time was schedule 1-to-1 chats with everyone on my new team, Developer Relations, along with a few friends I’ve made in similar roles, without letting them know what we’d be talking about. At the start of the chat,

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Checking In With SendGrid Email Support

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SendGrid sends billions of email every month for thousands of customers, so it’s no surprise that our amazing support staff handles a ton of questions. Whether it’s helping new customers integrate or informing customers of changes to DMARC policies, they handle it all. We picked a few common questions SendGrid Support received over the last month to highlight here along with their answers: Technical Email Issues Why isn’t my email-to-sms working? If you’re considering sending large numbers of SMS messages to customers from your SendGrid account, you may run into some problems. The bandwidth for SMTP-to-SMS is very narrow because

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Looking Back: The Top Email Posts From June

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We strive to provide helpful, interesting, and informative content about all things email on the SendGrid blog. In June, we touched on some great topics, including email security, email templates, and webhooks. In case you missed them, below is a wrap-up of the blog posts that we think you’ll find most helpful to your email campaign: SendGrid and the Future of Email Security Our Chief Security Officer, David Campbell, announced that SendGrid is now utilizing opportunistic TLS encryption to make sure that the mail customers send through SendGrid is secure. SendGrid’s Template Engine Tutorial We provided an online tutorial to guide

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