Video: How to build a no-code application to scrape and email data from a web site

In this video you will learn how to build a no-code application that scrapes data from a web site and then emails the data. The data scraped is also saved into a Google Sheets document.

This particular example shows how to get a daily Covid-19 data from a county web site. The same approach can be applied to any other web site and data.

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Video: How to build a Twitter bot in 10 minutes

This videos shows how to build a Twitter bot with Zapier in under 10 minutes. The video is based on How I built a Twitter bot with no-code in 10 minutes blog post.

Check it out and let me know what you think. This is part of my journey to take an application built with code and build it with no-code tools. If you know any solutions built with code that I should try to build with no-code – let me know! You can also check out other no-code videos I have published.

23 online meetup replays you should watch from July 2020

IBM Developer hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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Here Technologies and IBM Cloud series

  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Introduction Session
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Build an app using the Disaster Resiliency Starter Kit
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Create a mobile app to facilitate community collaboration
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – What happens when AI meets Location – Finding Optimal Locations for New Stores
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Single Events

Kubernetes with Red Hat OpenShift 101
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Build a Smart Bot with Slack, Block Kit and Watson
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How I built a Twitter bot with no-code in 10 minutes

Earlier this year I shared:

I published the following blog posts where I show how to take an application built with code and rebuild it with no-code:

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From Lean Startup to Big Blue: Adapting Developer Relations to Zillions of Active Developers – my interview with Dave Nugent

Dave Nugent and I sat down together and Dave asked me the following questions about Developer Relations:

  • How do you prove the value of DevRel inside a large company?
  • How valuable is consistent messaging for DevRel?
  • How does leading DevRel differ between a startup and enterprise?
  • How does your team interface inside IBM?
  • How has your mission changed since you started at IBM?
  • Who in DevRel would you like to call out?

Q: How do you prove the value of DevRel inside a large company?

Probably one of the best ways and my favorite is to explain that developers today have a lot of influence. In other words, developers make decisions what software to use and buy. Many years ago software was purchased by executives and pushed down to developers (top-down approach). In most companies today it’s the complete opposite. Developers try software and if they like it they go to their managers/executives (who has the budget) and ask them to buy the software. Instead of top-down it’s now bottom-up approach. In some companies developers not only influence what software to buy but they also have the buying power.

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Video and Q&A: Learn how COBOL and open source are used in modern mainframe ecosystem

Learn how COBOL and open source are used in modern mainframe ecosystem

I hosted an online meetup with Elizabeth K Joseph, IBM Developer Advocate on how COBOL and open source are used in modern mainframe ecosystem. The online meetup consisted of a short presentation and Q&A session. In the first part of the meetup Elizabeth covered the following:

  • What do modern COBOL and mainframes look like?
  • How is open source playing a major role in the modern mainframe ecosystem?
  • What kinds of DevOps tools are being made available to mainframe developers?

Elizabeth is an awesome speaker. I highly encourage you to watch the replay.

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For developers: 20 online meetup recordings you should watch from June 2020

IBM Developer hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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Node-RED Series

  • Node-RED Series: Getting Started with Node-RED Essentials
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  • Node-RED Series Node-RED Dashboard and UI Techniques
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  • Node-RED Series: Building end to end Node-RED Application
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Single Events

Containers Developer Summit – Online
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Domain-Driven Design: Lessons Learned & Useful Patterns
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IBM Cloud Series – Getting Started with Edge Computing
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Kubernetes vs Red Hat OpenShift
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Video: How to update Google Sheets with JSON API

This video shows how to update Google Sheets with JSON API. The video is based on this blog post.

Video: Building a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new user registers

This 12-minute video shows how I built a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new user registers. I used the following no-code tools: Airtable, Parabola and Twilio. The video is based on this blog post.

Building a no-code app to send daily Covid-19 data

I live in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. The county has setup a web site with Covid-19 information for its residents. The main page shows key Covid-19 data updated daily. I have been visiting this page almost daily. This is how it looks for Friday, June 19, 2020:

Covid-19 data for June 19, 2020

I wanted to build an application that would email me this data every day. To continue my no-code journey I built a no-code application that sends me a daily email with the latest data. I didn’t need to write a single line of code!

These are the tools I used to build the application:

  • Simplescraper – to scrap data from the county web site and turn it into an API
  • Parabola – build a flow to invoke the API and send the email

This is how the application flow looks in Parabola:

Parabola flow

Let’s review the application flow.

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