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About Swift

Swift is a developer evangelist at SendGrid who is based out of NYC. He is one of the founders of Hacker League and tweets as @SwiftAlphaOne. Follow him there and check him out at http://theycallmeswift.com.

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What Little League Baseball Taught Me About Programming

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I had a formative experience playing Little League baseball that taught me lessons about life that I’ve used as a programmer and entrepreneur. Little League is a suburban American tradition where little kids get together on Saturdays and play baseball. Parents come to watch them play and cheer for their kids’ teams. I played in my town’s Little League from the first day I was eligible until the last day I was eligible, but it wasn’t because I was great at baseball. I was actually horrible at baseball. I could barely catch the ball, I definitely couldn’t throw it, and

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“How to Send Email with Arduino” at NY Tech Meetup

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Last week I had the distinct honor of being able to demo as the “Hack of the Month” at the New York Tech Meetup (NYTM). I didn’t know I was going to be demoing before I showed up and I got insanely lucky that I happened to have all the supplies I needed with me, but I managed to pull together a pretty good demo of some of the hardware hacks that I’ve been working on for the past few months. The video of the event is split into bookmarks, with my Arduino and laptop hack presentation just past halfway.

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Receiving email in your Rails app with Griddler

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Yesterday I got some really exciting news.  One of my favorite dev shops, thoughtbot, released a gem that will help you receive email in your Ruby on Rails app called Griddler.  The best part?  It’s done using the SendGrid parse API!  In this post, I’ll walk you through integrating it in a sample app in no time.

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Hate hurricanes? Like hardware hacks? Beat the weather with awesome Arduino projects!

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Hurricane Sandy managed to bring New York to a grinding halt last week when she took out our power and public transportation.  I was lucky enough to live in an area that was mostly unaffected, but sadly a lot of New York and New Jersey residents weren’t as fortunate.  While I was waiting out the weather, the gears in my head started turning and I was trying to think out ways I could use my new found love for Arduino to help people survive extreme weather (like hurricanes).

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Student Hackers Rock UPenn Campus

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Nearly 350 students packed into the Quad at the University of Pennsylvania in Phildelphia two weekends ago to participate in the largest student run hackathon in the country, PennApps. The hackathon brought together over 90 exclusively student teams from all across the US.  Teams worked hard for 48 hours with a few twists and turns along the way, including a massive pirates vs. ninjas nerf gun fight at 2AM (which I tragically missed!). Despite that disappointment, PennApps massive scale brought out some great talent and resulted in some amazing hacks!

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Guest Post: Building Your Own Gmail in a Day with Temboo & SendGrid

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This guest post comes from Marianne Bellotti, Hacker-in-Residence and Developer Evangelist at Temboo. She is a veteran of the hackathon scene, data junkie and completely self-taught programmer, she loves nothing more than mashing up some good APIs.  You can find her on twitter at @bellmar.

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Hackers Redefine Work at Box Hackathon

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Early Saturday morning nearly 200 attendees crowded into the cafeteria at the Box offices in Palo Alto, California for the first ever Box hackathon.  Hackers were challenged to form teams and hack together apps that redefined the way that we do work.  A short 24 hours later there were 40 hacks that accomplished exactly that. Related PostsInside the Hackathon Organiser’s Backpack SendGrid Delivered hits NYC September 12 Code Campin’ at SoCal Code Camp Become an Inbox Insider with SendGrid Delivered Lone Star Ruby Hackathon Recap

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