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About Yamil Asusta

Puerto Rican and hackNY '13 fellow. Always looking to hack/experiment something new. You can follow me @elbuo8

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Send Email with Titanium and SendGrid

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Did you know you can build native apps using web technologies? Titanium Appcelerator does exactly that. And its super easy to get up and running. To keep with the easy theme, I decided I’d develop a library for Titanium developers to simply send email using none other than our favorite email service, SendGrid! Installation Since Titanium uses CommonJS-compliant modules, all you have to do is drop tisendgrid.js in your lib folder. That’s it! Example Due to the CommonJS compliance, you are able to require a module like Node.js and such. It’s as simple as that! The library has several examples and documentation in its GitHub repository. SMTPAPI-Example Lets

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I Get Paid to Help People: How I Became a Developer Evangelist

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I come from a small, beautiful island called Puerto Rico. The term “developer evangelist” is unheard of in my hometown. The only references I had about it were a blog post and what I could figure out from the livestream of hackathons such as PennApps and hackNY. All I knew was the title seemed a bit too religious for technology. Though I didn’t know about evangelism, I did know some about hackathons. There weren’t any in Puerto Rico, so I organized the first one. I met former SendGrid evangelist Swift when he came over to that event and I got a

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Make a Twitter Clone With This Flask Tutorial

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Flask is a lightweight Python micro framework. And by micro, they mean it’s super easy to use. Batteries are not included. (But you can inject batteries as you go!) This tutorial will show you how to use Flask to create a Twitter clone. Most of my tutorials are based on Twitter since most people are familiar with it. So, let’s get started. Prepare Your Environment You should have either pip or easy_install. For the sake of versioning we will use virtualenv. $ pip install virtualenv // or $ easy_install virtualenv You may or may not need to use sudo when running that.

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How to Price a Hackathon

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I have noticed that rates for hackathon sponsorships are blowing up. I’m not the only one. I’ve have sat down at tables with fellow evangelists from other companies even before I was one myself and this topic always comes around. As Nick wrote last year, these high-stakes events are pricing out evangelists that add a lot to events. Recently, my friends from back in Puerto Rico asked me for some feedback on the sponsorship document they were working on for HackPR’s third hackathon. I figured I would write them based on my opinions on what I believe sponsorship tiers must

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Hack a Mobile Music Application With Angular

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Most hackathons are very time-constrained. You can only do so much. That’s why I shared a mobile app quickstart in a previous blog post. I explained how to set up a basic Ionic project using AngularJS and getting it ready to be deployed on a mobile device by using PhoneGap. On this part of the tutorial I will walk you through building a more complex application–the mobile music player seen above. But before we begin, I must be clear that the resulting application was just built for exploration purposes. Even though I have released its source code without license, don’t

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The Mobile App Hackathon Quickstart Guide

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Ever been to a hackathon wanting to come out with something published on one of the mobile markets? With this tutorial, I hope to provide you with some tools that can help you get up and running in just a few minutes. Using PhoneGap and Angular, I’ll get you started with a cross-platform mobile app that you can use to apply your own ideas. For a completely native iOS app, see Kunal’s Hackathon Guide to Building Your First iPhone App. If this is your first introduction to Angular, the great front-end MVC framework for JavaScript, you might check out this

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How I Organized Puerto Rico’s First Hackathon

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About a year ago I was celebrating the very first hackathon hosted in my little island, Puerto Rico. At the time I didn’t work at SendGrid, but I was very much into hackathons. You might say I became obsessed with hackathons after seeing the dynamic in Battle of the Braces. The startup community in Puerto Rico is small, but growing steadily. Therefore I wanted to put my little grain of sand in the community. I partnered with  Ramphis Castro, a local entrepreneur. With barely two or three weeks of anticipation we got the word out in the different college campuses

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