Category Archives: Community

Conference/Event Speaking as a Developer

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If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’re probably aware that I hold knowledge sharing in the highest regard possible. I’m lucky in that I get to share knowledge in many ways: blogging, hackathon mentorship, start-up office hours, etc. One of my absolute favourite ways of sharing knowledge though, is event and conference speaking. Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of speaking at around 20 events like user groups, meet-ups, and conferences. Being able to get up in front of an audience and share the knowledge you’re passionate about is a win/win for everyone.

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Fast Food Code Challenge: Taco Bell + SendGrid

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At SendGrid we love our customers and I personally love Taco Bell. So it makes me proud to say that we power the email receipts of Taco Bell’s new mobile application! I thought I would let my colleagues take a break and I’ll take on the hard task of reviewing Taco Bell’s new app. I know, its a tough job, but somebody has to do it…right? In this post, I’ll go through how it works, my order experience, and some tips on how best to use it. At the end, I’ll also challenge my fellow developers to get creative by

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How To Web Conf: Hacking Your Way to Product Excellence

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Back in November, I had the pleasure of speaking at How To Web in Bucharest, Romania about a subject very close to my heart – hackathons. More specifically, how product teams can use hackathons, both the environment and the hacker mentality, to drive their products forward in a way that is both engaging and creatively flexible for developers. The main talk will be online on the How To Web YouTube channel shortly, but here are some of the key points I made: Have Restriction-Free Time Part of the draw of many hackathons is the freedom to experiment in a no-pressure

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SendGrid’s Experience Converting Relay Service to Go

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Last year I talked about SendGrid’s decision to use Go as our primary development language. For the most part this has affected only new services. Recently though, we have completed a rewrite of one of our highest load components to Go and I thought I would share the story and some of the lessons learned. Background As some background, almost a year ago one of our engineers who was helping to make the pitch of why we should use Go rewrote the service that handles final customer IP selection/transmission of data to remote SMTP servers as a proof of concept/example

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A Gopher Attends PythonBrasil[10]

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A few weeks ago, I found myself arriving in Recife, Brazil for PythonBrasil[10]. I had the time of my life and met extremely bad ass people over there. I also met people whom I now call friends, and I’ll try to highlight some of my favorite things from the experience below. PythonBrasil consists of workshops, talks, sprints, and some really fun activities. The conference was super well organized. Three tracks to choose from, with amazing speakers and keynotes such as Jose Valim, the creator of the Elixir language. Translations were available, but I want to improve my understanding of Portuguese, so I

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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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Hackathon: To Theme or Not to Theme?

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Hackathons are already a giant movement worldwide, especially in the US and now in Europe with the recent launch of the MLH season in that region. They’ve been growing more and more in South America as people, communities, and companies are exposed to them and see the value in helping and organizing. A common question that hackathon organizers ask me is: Should we have a theme for our hackathon? Well, let’s do a blog post to help answer that question! What’s a Hackathon? So let’s start by quickly defining a hackathon: Hackathons are time-limited events that will usually vary between

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