Blog Posts by Ricky Montalvo

  • Developer Spotlight: Etsy.com

    Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade. Their mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Etsy also has a strong community of developers who can tap into their vibrant, global marketplace with the Etsy API. The Etsy API provides a range of API methods for developers to start building their own applications on top of the Etsy platform.

    We sat with Justin Sheckler, Etsy Developer and with their CTO Chad Dickerson to talk about their newest API:



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  • Inside ETech: txteagle

    Since it launched in 2008, txteagle has been "empowering the largest mobile workforce on Earth," one text-message at a time. txteagle is a service that enables people to earn money through simple tasks they complete via text message. For the over 2 billion literate, mobile phone subscribers in the developing world (many of whom live on less than $5 a day), txteagle is creating a revolutionary new way to make supplemental income.

    txteagle founder, Nathan Eagle, spoke to a captive audience at ETech a few weeks ago, and we were lucky enough to be there. After his presentation he met with us to share how the developer community can help create additional income streams for the developing world by suggesting text-based tasks:



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  • Sideline: Open Search for Twitter

    Ever wonder what people are saying right now about your company, brand, service, product, etc? Inspired by a recent internal Yahoo! hack, Sideline, is a Twitter app that lets you monitor and search what people are saying about your product in real time. This desktop app allows for the creation, grouping, and auto-execution of advanced search queries against Twitter.

    Built on Adobe Air, Sideline can run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems, minimizing the amount of platform specific code that must be written. Oh, and it's open source.

    Yahoo! front-end engineer and Sideline creator, Chad Auld, provides us with some of the rationale and logic that went into building the app:



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  • Inside ETech: Technomadia

    What is a "Technomad?" According to Wikipedia it's a term "originally coined by Steven Roberts to describe a nomadic person who remains connected through communications media such as the internet during travel, exploration, and online nomadic living." So, when we actually met a pair of "technomads" - Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard - at ETech this year, our own Sophie Major decided to learn a little more about the technomadic life:



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  • Developer Spotlight: Watercooler, Inc

    Watercooler provides an extensive network of online fan communities around sports and TV entertainment with over 30 million connected to its FanSection™ and TVLoop™ online communities. Watercooler CEO Kevin Chou provides an overview of the technology and strategy that makes the company a top player among social networking app developers:



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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Sadaf Shahsahebi

    Sadaf Shahsahebi is a front end developer at Yahoo! working on the Yahoo! Application Platform. Sadaf uses tools like YUI, YSlow, YML, and Caja to design secure, high-performance web products. In this lightning talk, Sadaf shares about her path to engineering and her technical work as a front end engineer:



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  • High Performance Websites: Nicole Sullivan

    Website performance is a growing challenge for web developers and designers. The net effect of features like rounded corners and rich Ajax integration is slower performance. At Web Directions North, performance guru and former Yahoo! engineer, Nicole Sullivan, shared some of the tools and techniques she developed and used to maximize performance for Yahoo! sites and applications.

    Whether you are a designer, developer, product or project manager, this session will help you improve the performance of your sites and applications:



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    ABOUT: A highly experienced web engineer, Nicole has until recently been responsible for international evangelism in the performance research team, whose role is to quantify and improve the performance of all Yahoo! products worldwide. This was a multifunctional leadership role which was equal parts engineering, research, project management, and evangelism. requiring solid communication

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  • Inside ETech: Christine Herron on Unconference

    FreeTech was the unconference track at ETech 2009-- two days of unstructured, informative sessions covering a wide range of emerging technologies. We chatted about the art of the unconference with Christine Herron, First Round Capital Principal, venture capitalist, and coordinator of this year's FreeTech.

    Christine shares how a little wrangling and a lot of unplanned coordination helped make FreeTech a true "meta-unconference" experience:



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  • Inside ETech: Andy Hunt, Author – The Pragmatic Programmer

    Andy Hunt from Pragmatic Programmers tells us about his next experiments in becoming a better programmer. His latest work isn't about installing a better IDE or using a new programming language. Instead, Andy is tuning his brain. Andy has some great advice to improve your Wetware, and suggests that it's the most important thing of all to tweak:



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  • Inside ETech: Greg Elin, Sunlight Foundation

    We talked with Greg Elin from the Sunlight Foundation at ETech. The Sunlight Foundation is providing the tools and advice that government needs to embrace the new technologies of communication. Greg tells us about what individual developers can do to help their government be more e-engaged:



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