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Mandrill—a Free SMTP Server for Applications

Olga Belokurskaya

Transactional e-mails are important part of any project or business, no matter if it’s a startup or a big company. But if corporations can afford the huge mailouts and the costs of big mail distribution services, startups usually look for cheaper options.

Mandrill by MailChimp is one of such options. It is a transactional mail distribution service that allows for sending up to 12,000 free e-mails per month. If you need more, there are various affordable pricing options. Mandrill supports SPF and DKIM records ensuring your emails won’t be regarded as spam by the most of e-mail services. Moreover, it allows for tracking e-mail statuses, such as sent, bounced, received, clicked, marked as spam, etc. It also supports templates and special tags for A/B testing, which is an advantage.

Please, have a look at the full overview of the service by our specialist Eugene Melnikov, following this link: http://altoros.github.io/2013/mandrill-free-smtp-server-for-application

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Let’s Test It Well (and Simply, and Smartly)

Olga Belokurskaya

If you are fond of testing, just like our Ruby Developer Nastia Shaternik, you’ll probably be interested to read her post about using RSpec. There, she dwells on how some RSpec features that are not commonly used can help you simplify testing and make tests clearer.

Learn how to make your tests readable as short documentation. Find out how using mock_model can make your tests run faster, see an example of using RSpec’s built-in expectations, get two strategies of sharing the same data among different examples, and more.

You may read the full Nastia’s posting, following this link: http://altoros.github.io/2013/lets-test-it-well.

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