Category Archives: Technical

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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Code Challenge: Learning Swift

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Day 1 – Learning Swift As part of the 15-Day Code Challenge that I’ve come up with, I’m learning about 15 new technologies in 15 days. The first is Swift, Apple’s new coding language. I’ve always liked developing for mobile, but I haven’t had the time to explore and play around with Swift until today. In this post I’m going to go over my experience learning Swift and building my first app. For this blog post, I have been primarily reading the ebook that Apple released. It’s a great resource and I highly recommend it for learning Swift.   Step

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15 Days of Code Challenge

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At SendGrid, we view developer relations in 3 C’s: Community, Code, and Content. Content, specifically, is one of the best ways we can scale what we do and the one “C” I would like to push myself further with. So, I’ve decided to take on a challenge of learning 15 new technologies in 15 days and blogging about my experiences with each one. In the upcoming days look out for posts on Android, Google Inbox Markup, AWS Lambda, OpenCV, using Docker and more! You can find the index of my upcoming posts below. As each post is published it will

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Joining the PHP Parade

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I can’t say I was excited to learn PHP, but after the previous maintainer of our library went on to become the new Commissioner of Major League Hacking, it fell on my plate. Growing up (read while in school), PHP was not viewed as the hip and hot language to be writing, but quite the opposite. My first instinct was to pick an open issue and learn enough to work my way through it. I wound up choosing this issue (shout-out to Ian Littman for helping me out!). In short, our library was not throwing any errors when an API

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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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