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Hey everyone! I'm excited to kick off the new year with the first blog post of 2020! We'd like to spotlight a couple of things this week: two upcoming Maker.dev community events we'll be a part of, and two new Stripe connector APIs. Let's get to it!

Maker.dev + Standard Library in San Diego and Toronto

We loved being part of the inaugural Maker.dev meetup at Pivotal Labs in Toronto, and we're participating in two more Maker.dev events this month: the first San Diego chapter meetup hosted by ServiceNow on January 23rd, and the second Toronto chapter meetup the next day on January 24th! If you're in either area, please stop by — it'll be a great time.

New Stripe Connector APIs

We take a lot of pride in doing whatever we can to help our developers and acting quickly in response to requests. This week, we released several new Stripe connector APIs to help a customer:

Who was able to use them to build something great!

If you have any feature requests, the best place to make them is in our community Slack channel!

That's it!

We have some BIG things planned for the coming year, and we're thankful to everyone who's been with us on our journey so far. Keep checking back here for more biweekly updates, and join our community Slack channel by clicking here to receive an invitation.

We can't wait to see what you'll build!

Jacob Lee
Co-founder, Standard Library

Hey all. Today is a special Wednesday update from Standard Library: for those that celebrate, it just so happens to be Christmas day! While most of the team is enjoying time with family, we made sure to ship a feature earlier this week. Consider it a holiday gift from our team for everyone to enjoy.

First, we'd like to welcome Yusuf Musleh to the Standard Library team. He's a talented software engineer that has had some impressive experience working on a number of different projects, most recently having participated in TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Mena 2018. As a team, we wanted to give Yusuf the opportunity to ship a hotly requested feature to production in a short timeframe on his own.

We're super pleased to say that in just a week and a half Yusuf was able to help instrument, test and ship our newest feature: Timezone support for the Standard Library Scheduler. We've made the update generally available for all Standard Library users today.

Scheduler Timezone Support

  • We've added over 450 timezones, including DST support (where applicable) to the Standard Library Scheduler.
  • We've updated the daily and weekly scheduler to support times in increments of fifteen minutes.

timezone support

If you visit Build on Standard Library and choose the Scheduler as an event source, you'll now be able to select the exact time of day and appropriate timezone for your scheduled events.

A special thanks again to Yusuf for his hard work getting this ready before the holidays.

That's it!

In the spirit of a relaxing holiday season, you can expect a calm week or two from here: our next update will be in the second week of January 2020. As usual, if you're looking for help, you should click here for an invitation to our developer Slack channel. Happy hacking, and happy holidays!

Keith Horwood
Founder and CEO, Standard Library

Hey everyone! I'm excited to have the opportunity to show off a few things we've been working on at Standard Library. This week, we've added support for Node 12.13.1 to the platform, and we've added a new Stripe connector API.

Node 12

With Node 12 comes a bunch of new features and improvements -

  • Async stack traces
  • Faster async/await
  • Worker Threads
  • Startup time Improvements

For more information about whats new in Node 12, check out this blog post by the Node team. Node 12 will be default version when you ship with Standard Library until 2020-10-20, when Node 14 is scheduled to enter LTS.

Stripe Products API

We've also added a new connector API to help you manage products within Stripe -

Thank You!

If there are any other platform features or connector APIs you'd like to see, please don't hesitate to reach out via email [email protected], or join our developer Slack Workspace for help (click here for an invitation).

Thanks for keeping up to date with the development of Build on Standard Library! If you'd like to keep up with the latest news, follow us on Twitter, @StandardLibrary.

Thanks for reading, we can't wait to see what you build!

Steve Meyer
Software Engineer, Standard Library

Hey everyone! I'm excited to announce that the official Standard Library app has completed review and verification and is now listed in in the Slack App Directory! It's now easier than ever to use Standard Library to integrate Slack with other API ecosystems like Stripe, Airtable, Twilio, and more.

How to Use the Official App

It's easy to get started! First, click here to go to the Standard Library app page in the Slack App Directory:

The Standard Library App Directory page

Then click the "Add to Slack" button. You'll be directed to a landing page that will have a predefined example workflow using Airtable and Stripe in addition to Slack. Feel free to change the event the workflow responds to or any of the individual steps!

The Slack landing page

Click "Create Workflow" and you'll be taken to build.stdlib.com, where you'll be prompted to link resources to your project's Identity Token.

Linking resources

Select Slack, and click "Link New Resource" in the dialog that appears. Then, select the Install Standard Library App (1 Step, Recommended) option. From there, simply choose which workspace you'd like to install the Standard Library app into and supply an optional name and image you'd like to associate with your bot.

Installing the Slack app

If you're still using the predefined workflow, you'll need to follow similar steps to link an Airtable and Stripe account. If you've made it this far and don't want to use Stripe and/or Airtable, it's not too late to customize things — you can press the "Previous" button and change the Stripe event that will trigger your workflow into a Slack event, and remove the Airtable API in use. This will lift the requirement to link those accounts.

Finally, test your workflow and ship it. Congratulations! You're now using the official Standard Library app in your Slack workspace.

Thanks for Reading!

If you have any questions or comments, please join our developer Slack workspace to talk to us as well as interact with the community. You can also follow us on Twitter, @StandardLibrary.

Jacob Lee
Co-Founder, Standard Library

Hey everyone! Yesterday in Toronto, we participated in the first Maker.dev community meetup, organized by Schmooz Media's Matthew Lal and our own Janeth Ledezma! It was awesome to see close to 50 makers and developers connecting over a shared interest in APIs and automation.

Makers milling about

What is Maker.dev?

The Maker.dev community is composed of makers and developers who are interested in building solutions and internal tools together for their teams.

A maker is someone who doesn't necessarily have experience or training in software development, but nonetheless builds solutions and creates outcomes. Makers are creators, innovators, hackers, and artists building and solving business-critical problems with APIs and automation tools. Makers are important because they naturally have the best insight into the needs of their roles, and empowering makers with the right tooling allows them to build the right software for the problems they face.

A developer is someone who is trained in software development. Using the flexibility of code, they extend customize software that makers create, increasing its utility and value.

The Event

There were four speakers at the event — huge thanks to Mina Tawadrous and Pivotal Labs for providing a fantastic space and for hosting!

First up was Matthew Lal, an IT and Operations Specialist at Schmooz Media who spoke about how Schmooz is leveraging tooling (like Build on Standard Library) to make their internal processes run smoothly:

Next, we had our founder and CEO, Keith Horwood. Keith talked about the concept of software literacy, and how to elevate makers rather than limit them to a "no-code" mindset:

Third, Ahmad Nassri, CTO of NPM and creator of the 10,000 member strong TechMasters community talked about the upcoming "Roaring 2020s" decade and the future "Maker Morty" could play in it:

And last but certainly not least, Emily Lonetto, head of growth at VoiceFlow spoke about the novel possibilities voice presents as an interface beyond bots and simple commands, and concepts that makers and developers should consider building with voice:

After the talks, attendees split off into discussion groups to connect over the content of the event and share knowledge with each other around how their respective organizations tackle problems around communication between makers and developers. There was also Pizza Pizza pizza!

All in all, we tremendously enjoyed meeting members of the community and look forward to seeing how the community expands in the future.

Thank You!

Thanks for reading! If you'd like to keep up with the latest news around Standard Library, follow us on Twitter, @StandardLibrary, or click here for an invitation to our developer Slack channel.

We can't wait to see what you build!

Jacob Lee
Co-Founder, Standard Library
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