Although I had traveled to Orlando for work many times before, I had never taken the time to go to Disney World. That changed in May, when I found myself attending DEVintersection at Disney World to help staff the SparkPost booth, talk to fellow developers, and generally geek out.
Sparky is All Ears
It was an amazing experience to have hundreds of people come talk with us at our booth, either to learn about SparkPost or tell us about their experience. I greatly enjoy interacting with the SparkPost community. Introducing them to our product and helping them solve problems is really rewarding for me.
There were a few memorable interactions. Some people just wanted to tell us that they really liked our API, both with regard to its quality and ease of use. A few people came to us with questions regarding getting started with SparkPost, but we were able to resolve their issues quickly, even when it involved DNS setup or learning how to use the Postman collection. Other people just wanted ideas on how SparkPost would be useful to them, and it was great to see the light bulb come on when we talked about features like personalizing templates to engage a user with focused content. Regardless, I love it when I can not only solve a problem, but see my work make a difference to people.
We gave out a lot of fun stuff including the very popular Sparky socks with the Wheel o’ Swag, and some lucky attendees won an entry into our Surface Laptop giveaway. If they weren’t lucky on the wheel, attendees could also enter by creating a SparkPost account and sending one of our booth staff an email through the SparkPost API. We had a lot of folks register and send entries, but there could only be one winner: David Nordstedt.
There were some awesome sessions during the week. I especially enjoyed the sessions on using Visual Studio with OS X. The Azure sessions also showed some amazing innovations that Microsoft is making in the way that developers interact with the cloud. Paul Yuknewicz of Microsoft gave a great session on Azure diagnostics and the new tools that have been introduced to Visual Studio to help troubleshoot, debug, and optimize cloud-based applications. The experience is quickly approaching the point where you can do everything locally with confidence that it will translate to Azure production.
The Mouse Can Wait
I had such a great time hanging out with over 1200 passionate developers that Disney World will yet again have to wait until another time. Sorry, Mickey.
Also, don’t forget that you can get yourself a cool set of Sparky socks by signing up for your own SparkPost account and sending your first email!
Senior Site Reliability Engineer