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Loke as in Joke

Hi! My name is Loke (pronounced as in Joke but with an “L”).  I work with Anya and Greg in Avalara’s Developer Relations team. We’re the team that will be here for you when you need help making sense of Sales Tax and getting your software connected to our services. In my past life, I’ve spent a decade working at Microsoft  in the Windows Mobile/Phone, Developer Evangelism and Robotics divisions. If you search hard enough, you’ll probably find lots of videos, demos and talks that I’ve done in the past. You’ll also find many videos of me enjoying my hobby of...

Oh so that's who that is

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I’m Anya Stettler, and as someone who has been lurking around for a while, I’ve been tasked with finally introducing myself for real. I do a little of this, a little of that, and a whole lot of documenting the AvaTax APIs. I’ve shown up from time to time in our videos and on this site, and more and more out in the world. In general, I like organizing information and pictures of cats, so when I can combine those two I consider it a job well done. I joined Avalara just under six years ago as part of support,...

Subject: So Much New We Can't Even (was: Because Awesome)

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I’m Greg Bulmash, and as the FNG (Fabulous New Guru) on the Avalara Developer Relations team, I have been given the lofty assignment of laying down some awesome on the Avalara Developer Network blog the first Tuesday of every month. My first assignment from the powers that be: “Introduce yourself.” The first thing that happens if you Google my name as an exact phrase is you come up with about 9,000 results. The first result is a McDonalds/WalMart Application link to Snopes.com, the encyclopedia of urban legends. What? Avalara hired an urban legend? Yeah, I’m that Greg Bulmash. I’m also...

Avalara @ Developer Week San Francisco (February 7-11)

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Avalara’s Developer Relations & Engineering team will be at the upcoming DeveloperWeek & Accelerate Hackathon events down in San Francisco, CA from February 7th till February 11th. We will be sponsoring the Hackathon event to build something cool with the new Avalara TaxRates API. There is a prize of $500 for the team that builds the coolest application with it. Other activities: Anya Settler our Developer Evangelist has a workshop on Monday (February 9th) to discuss Documenting APIs. Our team will be at the Hiring Mixer on February 10th so if you're looking for a great place to work come find...

Take a REST for sales tax: Easy and free tax rates for developers

Tax compliance is challenging, and static tax rate tables are a common place to start looking for answers. Manually updating tax rates from a file is inefficient, though, and tax rates may change at any time – not just once per month. This is the perfect use case for a REST API, so that’s what we built. Our new Tax Rates API makes it easy to get the most current and accurate tax rate in your software. And it’s completely free. REST API After signing-up for a free API key, our REST API design makes it easy to start retrieving rates...

Documenting APIs (with cats) by Anya Stettler

Anya delivered a thought provoking topic about Documenting APIs and it’s best practices (with the help of some cats) at API World recently to some rave reviews. Anthony Alfidi was in the audience during her talk and wrote a recap on his blog and had this to say: Anya Stettler from Avalara had one of the best talks I've ever seen at a tech conference, hands down.  Her tips on documenting APIs walked through examples of technical references, code snippets, tutorials, and live interactive formats that keep developers excited about an API.  Check out her presentation on SlideShare, because it's too good to...

Anya Stettler speaking at DataWeek + API World 2014

We’re excited to announce that Anya Stettler, Sr. Developer Relations Engineer with Avalara, will be speaking at DataWeek + API World 2014 Conference & Expo (Sept 15-17), San Francisco’s largest Data + API conference of 2014 - where you can attend 100+ talks and interact with 200+ new data & API technologies! Come see Anya's talk: Documenting APIs: Sample Code and More Tues. Sept. 16th @ 4:00pm DataWeek + API World are offering our community a free OPEN pass to the event! Your OPEN pass will get you into all OPEN talks across the DataWeek conference (see schedule) and the API...

Avalara AvaTax with Stripe.js

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The new AvaTax.js library makes it easy to calculate taxes with browser-based shopping carts and other web commerce environments – providing real-time tax calculation results during the checkout process. Those accurate, on-demand tax calculations can be consumed at time of checkout, allowing you to display the results to your shoppers or use them in your payment processing. This diagram is a typical process flow for an E-commerce scenario. Let’s take a look at an easy example where AvaTax.js can be used in conjunction with Stripe.js to calculate tax and create a payment authorization token. You’ll need to include the core...

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