Blog Posts by Ricky Montalvo

  • Where 2.0 with Gary Gale

    Where 2.0 took place in San Jose just a few weeks ago. Everybody was pretty excited about the launch of Yahoo! Placemaker and the open release of GeoPlanet data. Gary Gale, who leads the Yahoo! Geo Technologies engineering team in the UK, spent a little time chatting with attendees on the showfloor to get different perspectives from the geo-community and a sense of why people were there.



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  • Developer Spotlight: Glenn Jones- Identify, Part 2

    Glenn Jones is the creative director of Madgex, a company that delivers sites and web-based applications for the publishing and recruitment sectors. We had a chance to talk to Glenn about Identify, a Firefox extension that combines identities across various social network/media sites and provides you with a profile about an individual.

    Identify makes extensive use of Google?s Social Graph API to find out about which sites an individual has profiles on, and then uses YQL to collect the information. In this video, Glenn provides more details about Identify:


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  • Developer Spotlight: Glenn Jones- Identify, Part 1

    Glenn Jones is the creative director of Madgex, a company that delivers sites and web-based applications for the publishing and recruitment sectors. We had a chance to talk to Glenn about Identify, a Firefox extension that combines identities across various social network/media sites and provides you with a profile about an individual.

    Identify makes extensive use of Google?s Social Graph API to find out about which sites an individual has profiles on, and then uses YQL to collect the information. In this video, Glenn provides more details about Identify:



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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Tom Hughes-Croucher

    In our latest YDN Lightning Talk, we have a seat with Tom Hughes-Croucher, an evangelist for Yahoo! developer tools. Tom has worked on front-end engineering for Yahoo! and a number of Accessibility standards for recognized standards bodies such as the World Wide Web consortium and the British Standards Institute. Tom shares about some developer tools he likes to use, including YQL.



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  • Jim O’Donnell: Royal Observatory & Nat’l Maritime Museum

    In our newest Developer Spotlight, we went across the pond to pay a visit to Dr. Jim O?Donnell, a web developer with the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum - where we learned you can often find Dr. O'Donnell being the occasional astronomer.

    Dr. O'Donnell talked to us about YQL and its uses at the museum. We even convinced him to attend the recent Open Hack Day in London where he decided at the last minute to hack. So, during breakfast on Sunday - and in about an hour - he had ported the JavaScript from his astronomy photo browser to YQL Execute, creating a new open data table which returns celestial coordinates for astrotagged flickr photos. Essentially, his hack extends the Flickr API to, hopefully, enable location-based searching in the sky. Easy. You see more here by clicking over to his site.

    But first, here's our video:


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  • London Open Hack Day 2009

    On May 9th and 10th, 2009 over 270 hackers converged on the Congress Centre in London for Open Hack Day 2009.

    It was a great event and you can read all about the winners in our blog post.

    Here are some highlights from the event for you to watch:



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  • YQL Execute: Screencast

    The Yahoo! Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web. YQL treats the entire web as a source of table data, enabling developers to select * from Internet.

    A few months ago, we launched Open Data Tables publicly for anyone to use to make data YQL-accessible, and there are seventy-some tables contributed to the community repository on github to date.

    With this latest release, the YQL team has taken the Open Data Table capabilities to the next level by adding a new element - Execute. The Execute element can contain arbitrary developer code that the YQL data engine runs during the processing of a YQL statement.

    Watch the screencast for an in-depth look at how you can use YQL Execute to create your next killer app or web product:



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  • YSlow Screencast: New Rules for Faster Websites

    All of us know how painful it is to wait ? waiting in a line, waiting for a table, or waiting for a web page to load? If a business makes its customers wait too long, the customers will often leave and take their business elsewhere.

    In our research at Yahoo!, we have found that Web Performance matters a great deal. Fast websites can make the online experience more effective, more enjoyable, and provide a competitive edge. If a web site is perceived as slow, users will often switch to a faster website.

    In this screencast, we show you the benefits of the latest release of YSlow that introduces 9 new performance rules and Smush.it, a new tool that optimizes images by smushing them down to a reasonable size.



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  • Developer Spotlight: SlideShare

    SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations and documents. With over 1,000,000 presentations online, Slideshare recently took the step to go mobile. In March, they launched their new mobile platform built on Yahoo! Blueprint. We spoke with Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha and CTO Jon Boutelle about the implementation:



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    The SlideShare team is based in San Francisco, (California, USA) & New Delhi (India). We are passionate about creating compelling web experiences and think that small teams with fire in their eyes can do big things.

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  • Beyond Cookies: Persistent Storage for Web Apps

    Web developers now have the ability to store large amounts of persistent data on the client-side, way beyond the 4K limit of cookies. Options include HTML 5 Storage, Gears, Dojo Storage, and more. Brad Neuberg talks about the latest ways to achieve browser-based client-side storage and how it can help you make better web apps:



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