Blog Posts by Ricky Montalvo

  • High Performance Ajax Applications

    Julien Lecomte is an engineer on Yahoo!’s DHTML Evangelist team, a group that provides architectural assistance to Yahoo! developers on the design and implementation of rich interactions in the browser. Recently, Julien gave a talk on High Performance AJAX Applications, which you can view here:

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  • Screencast: WordPress Plug-In Demo

    Jeremy Zawodny got a WordPress plug-in demo from CrowdFavorite.com co-founder Alex King. Crowd Favorite offers web-based task management software in packages to fit just about everyone.

    The recently released Yahoo! Shortcuts WordPress Plug-In acts like a blogging assistant, scanning your post for interesting things it can link to, photos to include, maps to embed, and more. And it does this using many of our APIs (Maps, Flickr, Search, etc.). With just a simple mouse click, you can include the material in your post and get on with life.

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  • Memcached Hackathon Highlights

    Memcached is "a general-purpose distributed memory caching system...distributed under a permissive free software license." Recently Yahoo! hosted a Memcached Hackathon, so our very own Ian Kennedy decided to find out more and talk to some of the participants:


  • UED: Pattern Library w/ Christian Crumlish

    Recently, Christian Crumlish, the curator of Yahoo!'s design pattern library, gave a User Experience Design (UED) brown bag talk here at Yahoo! called "The Design Pattern Library Wants YOU!" updating folks on our recent developments, our current processes, and how they can get involved.He talked about both our internal pattern library and the open one hosted on the Developer Network

    Because Christian hears a lot of requests on mailing lists and blogs from designers and developers at conferences who are curious about how the pattern library has evolved since Yahoo! first launched it and how we manage the pattern development and publishing process, we're pleased to be able to share this talk as part of YDN Theater with just a very few sensitive topics omitted.

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  • MashUp Camp — Dublin

    On November 10-12th, people descended onto Dublin, Ireland for MashUp Camp. We sent our very own Chad Dickerson & Tom Hughes-Croucher to the streets to ask people if they knew what a "mash-up" was. Watch the video to see what they found:

    Mashup Camp -- a.k.a The Unconference for the Uncomputer is an unconference-style event that's dedicated to bringing together the Internet software mashup community for a face-to-face collaborative meetup where new relationships are formed, old relationships are nurtured, ideas are shared, multiple balls are moved forward, and innovation happens in real-time.

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  • David Weinberger – Keynote @ Defrag Con

    Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder is a 2007 book by American technologist and commentator David Weinberger. In it, he describes the evolution of the classification of information and information science, as the Internet becomes a widespread part of people’s lives.

    Mr. Weinberger gave the keynote at the recent Defrag and we have it here for you to watch:

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  • The 9 gets hacked to 11!!!!

    "Bangalore. Berkeley. Boston. London. Palo Alto. Dundee. Manila. Pasadena. Pittsburgh. Sunnyvale. Champaign-Urbana. Seoul."

    Words to a song by the immortal Johnny Cash? Nope. Stops on Beck's next world tour? Hardly. Places you can get a really great cup of espresso? You're getting warmer. What do all these places have in common? We've gone there for Hack Day.

    Here with the scoop from Bangalore is our own Maria Sansone, taking the 9 to 11, just this once....

    Over the last couple of years we've been struck by lightning, hacked by naughty puppets, and overwhelmed at every turn by the sheer ingenuity of our participants. We've seen a ton of hacks, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but we're pretty sure we haven't seen them all. So keep an eye on hackday.org and the University Hack Day page ... your turn to play will come.

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  • Interviews at Defrag: Pierre Wielezynski | World Bank.org

    The World Bank has developed the BuzzMonitor, an open source application that "listens" to what people are saying about the World Bank across blogs and other sites in order to help the organization understand and engage in social media. Jeremy sat down with Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski at Defrag and talked about how the World Bank is using this as a tool for non-profit organizations, NGOs, foundations and think-tanks to see and hear what people are saying about them, their programs and understand the perception around important issues.

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  • Defrag Sponsor Challenge – Jeremy Zawodny

    Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the “aha” moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, “social” networking, collaboration and business intelligence. Yahoo! Developer Network's Jeremy Zawodny was invited to speak about Defrag, here is what he had to say:

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  • Experts @ Work: Eric Baldeschwieler

    This week's episode of Experts @ Work with Jeremy Zawodny, we sit down with Eric Baldeschwieler, who leads a team of engineers at Yahoo! that has spent the last 18 months enhancing the Hadoop open source project to run on thousands of computers. They have supported a large community of internal users of Hadoop on shared clusters. Eric has lead large scale infrastructure projects to support web search and other activities at Yahoo! and Inktomi since 1996.

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