Hi there! I’m Mary (@mary_grace), and as you may have heard, I’m the new developer community manager at SparkPost. Things are finally starting to slow down after three weeks of onboarding, training, and lots of fantastic conversations, so I thought I’d take some time to introduce myself.
I’m based in San Francisco, and am a (Northern) California girl, but also spend a fair amount of time in NYC with my boyfriend, Jeremy. I’m a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally, and love digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities.
I’ve been a part of the developer community for a while now, but have taken a bit of an unconventional path to get here. My background is in communications and journalism, but after 5 years of talking at my community via press releases and social media, I wanted to have conversations with the community. I wanted to know if they were actually interested in our content, what excited them, what new projects they were digging into, why our resources were (or, more importantly, weren’t) helpful. So I transitioned into a community manager, builder, advocate, architect, and developer, and I’ve never regretted it!
I’m also often known as “the one with the dog.” My dog Ember (like the coal, not the JS library ;)) travels with me everywhere and serves as my super-nose, smelling when my blood sugars are starting to run too low and warning me before I can feel the symptoms myself. Bonus: He also serves as a quick and easy reference point when people are trying to track me down at an event.
Given my busy personal and professional life, I’m often on the road, but in my spare time I love to explore new cities, fly in the wind tunnel, listen to music, read books, and occasionally dig into crafting, sewing, and making projects. You can also often find me running local trails or at the beach with Ember.
I hope to meet all of you on the road soon. In the meantime, introduce yourselves here! Where are you based? What are you excited about working on? Is working with email & APIs a hobby or a career choice (or both)?!
Lastly, if you’ve been keeping an eye on our developer hub, I, along with the rest of my team, want to help you build something awesome! So if there’s something missing, something we could be doing better, or something we could do to help you build more awesome things, drop us a line. Want to reach out to me directly? You can find me on Twitter, GitHub, and as always, via email.
Here at SparkPost, we create all types of content to help our community succeed: documentation, screencasts, client libraries, sample code, and more. One thing we haven’t done well is: provide an easy way to find this content. Today we are excited to introduce the SparkPost Developer Hub, a centralized location for developer content and information.
The Developer Hub gives you access to:
- Blog posts from our engineering team
- Screencasts and videos
- Sample code and integrations
- API documentation
- Client libraries to use (and contribute to!)
- Our support library and knowledge base
Our blog posts will cover a wide range of topics from announcements for client library releases and new features to technical posts related to our tooling, technology, and architecture. We believe strongly in sharing our experiences and expertise with the development community, and the blog is a great outlet for doing so.
To assist developers with various levels of familiarity with SparkPost we provide detailed API documentation, maintain a support library, and create screencasts and informational videos like our SMTP setup tutorial, our reporting tutorial, and our sending domains tutorial. These videos help you get familiar with the SparkPost API and UI as well as topics that span beyond our interfaces.
For those that want to use the SparkPost API through your preferred language or framework, we have client libraries available in Node.js, Python, and PHP, with Java, Ruby, and Go libraries in the works. All our client libraries are open sourced through our Github org, and contributions are welcome. If a library in your language isn’t available, let us know, or create your own and we’ll add it to the list of community libraries.
Code samples and snippets provide real-world examples in various formats that show how to use SparkPost. Our integrations allow you to use SparkPost through your favorite service. If you’re using Heroku, check out the SparkPost add-on. Try our Zapier app to trigger emails through SparkPost from various sources.
Stay informed on which events we’ll be attending and when by viewing upcoming events on the hub. Come say hello to our team of engineers and advocates – we love to hear from our community. We are constantly looking for new events to attend. If you would like us to attend your event, please let us know!
Have an idea or request for content for the SparkPost Developer Hub? That’s great! We want to know what content you need to be successful. The Developer Hub is open source, so feel free to submit an issue.
The SparkPost Developer Hub pulls our developer content together in one place. As we continue to add content from the community and our engineers we hope this collection of resources empowers you to build something awesome.