Category Archives: Technical

Code Challenge: Building a Hello World Apple iWatch App

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While the Apple iWatch hasn’t been released yet, they have released WatchKit, so developers can start creating applications. For this post, I created a video that will walk you through building a watch application that displays the text “Hello World” after a button is pressed. I would also recommend reading the first post in this Code Challenge series that goes over building your first Swift App. Pre-Requsities: xcode 6.2 Beta : You might already have xcode installed on your machine, but to build iWatch apps you require the new 6.2 beta. This will install a new version of xcode on

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Code Challenge: Intro to Twitter’s Fabric.io

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A couple weeks ago I watched a couple of talks on Twitter’s new product Fabric (www.fabric.io). It’s a collection of tools to make mobile developers’ lives easier. According to their documentation, Fabric is more specifically a “set of mobile development tools called ‘Kits’ that help you make your app more stable, add social features like sharing and login, and turn your app into a business with easy monetization.” You can read more about Fabric and the Kits here: https://dev.twitter.com/overview/documentation. This post will focus on one of the functionalities of the Twitter Kit, but let’s just review the other kits before we begin:

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Code Challenge: Intro to tmux

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Say no to tabs and yes to panes when developing For today’s post in the Code Challenge series, I’m giving an intro on tmux. As a Developer Evangelist, showing code is the best way to get developers interested in how easy it is to integrate the SendGrid API. When you’re up in front of a couple of hundred devs and live coding, switching through multiple tabs is not a good look. I got into tmux because it lets you open multiple programs on the same window to see everything that’s happening. Tmux has since become part of my workflow whenever coding any

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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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