Blog Posts by Dudley Wong

  • Yahoo! Messenger IM SDK now available

    YM API iconThis is a big day for Yahoo! Messenger. I’m happy to announce that we’ve opened up the Yahoo! Messenger platform for developers. This exciting SDK will allow developers to use the Yahoo! Messenger platform to create innovative new applications and services.

    We tried to make our SDK as simple to use as possible. We’ve exposed a new REST API for the Yahoo! Messenger platform — the same API that we use with our own products. So we know that it’s rock solid. In fact, all you need is a little knowledge of HTTP and JSON and you’ll be up and running in no time, no matter what programming environment you’re using. The SDK contains all the key Yahoo! Messenger features that you’ve come to expect, including real-time presence, contact-list management, instant messaging, file transfers, and user-image management.

    Please make sure you read the documentation that we’ve included. This document provides best practices, guidelines for using the service, Messenger logos (including our beloved

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  • Yahoo! Messenger APIs in July

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    An update on the Yahoo! Messenger APIs: This is taking a little longer than we thought. However, we’ll still be launching the new Yahoo Messenger IM APIs very soon. We have some last-minute details to take care of.

    Let me say that we are really excited about the response and enthusiasm that we’ve received around the opening of the Yahoo! Messenger IM API platform. However, we want to make sure that these new APIs meet your expectations, that they are as simple as possible, and that they contain all the key features that you need to develop great applications and services.

    For this reason, we’ll be in contact really soon… Gotta get back to work!

  • Coming Soon: Yahoo! Messenger IM API

    YM Smiley iconYahoo! will soon open up the platform behind the popular Yahoo! Messenger service.

    This is big news. If you haven’t used Yahoo! Messenger, you’re in for a treat. Yahoo! Messenger is the premier instant messaging (IM) platform, used on a wide variety of desktop and mobile clients. Millions of users throughout the world already depend on Yahoo! Messenger to manage their social contacts, group lists, and presence information; hold real-time instant communications; and perform data transfer to and from contacts throughout the world. All, well — instantly, as its name says.

    We’re listening to those developers among you who have been telling us they want to build on that trusted platform. By exposing a new RESTful API for Yahoo! Messenger, we’re allowing you to develop your own innovative programs and tools that make the most of what the Yahoo! IM platform can offer.

    Developing for the platform is simple. All you need is a little knowledge of HTTP and JSON, and you’ll be connecting with

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