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Watch: How to modernize ‘ancient’ web protocols

Fastmail CTO — and self-described email wrangler and dead language enthusiast — Ricardo Signes has a step-by-step guide for you.

Fastmail's Ricardo Signes presents at Developers Conference 2020. (Screenshot)

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Imagine being able to write all the cool stuff you’re written with random web service APIs, but with your most important personal data.

So goes the Developers Conference pitch from Ricardo Signes, who is CTO of Fastmail, the private email company based in Australia with a growing Philly office.

The self-described longtime email wrangler and dead language enthusiast automated an email with the day’s tasks to be sent to him every morning, relying on APIs from GitHub, Feedbin, Instapaper, Goodreads, Dropbox and more.

Want to do the same? The 2019 RealLIST Engineers honoree has a step-by-step guide for you. Watch the full session, slides included, from the Philly Tech Week 2020 presented by Comcast event here:

P.S. We’re actively soliciting nominations for our 2020 RealLIST Engineers in all our markets. Know someone who exemplifies technical aptitude, community leadership and collaborative practices? Tell us here by Oct. 15:

Nomination a technologist for RealLIST Engineers 2020
Companies: Fastmail
Series: Software Development Month 2020
People: Ricardo Signes
Projects: Developers Conference / Philly Tech Week

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