Blog Posts by Robyn Tippins

  • Change for a Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) Offering

    We’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products and experiences. Sometimes we have to make tough decisions and say goodbye to some of our services in an effort to focus on our core offerings. Today, we announced that we’re shutting down several Yahoo! products and services. One of these closures will impact developers, so we wanted to highlight it here.

    Upcoming Will Be Closing on April 30, 2013

    Upcoming (along with the ability to access and utilize the Upcoming site) and the Upcoming API will no longer be available as of April 30, 2013. Here are the details about how this closure will work and what we are doing to help you protect your personal data:

    Upcoming Users With Events Which Have Not Occurred:
    For any user who has created an event, which has not yet occurred (e.g., a future event), please use the following instructions to save your events:

    1. Log into Yahoo! Upcoming
    2. Go to “My Events” Tab;
    3. Click on “Added by Me” (http://upcoming.yahoo.com/myevents/?wfilter=added)
    4. Under
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  • Hack Europe: London – Talks, Judges and More

    As we mentioned last week, there’s a lot to do when planning a hack day. In the past few weeks, Anil and Matylda have been busy, putting the finishing touches on next week’s Hack Europe: London. Read on to see what’s in store for the lucky attendees.

    Learn

    Learn from leaders in several front-end and back-end technologies. We’ll have tech talks from these teams:

    There’ll also be a design clinic where hackers can ask pro designers for help making their hack look awesome.

    Compete

    Each hack team will get 90 seconds to present their hacks to the judges and everyone in attendance, competing for £7500 in prizes! As expected, we were able to snag some fantastic judges. Attendees will get a chance to show off their apps to these celebrated tech industry minds.

    • Nick D'Aloisio - The 17-year old creator of Summly. Summly was recently acquired by Yahoo!.
    • Jay Rossiter - Executive Vice President of
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  • Hack Europe: London – Sneak Peek of Fun to Come!

    Hack Europe

    Image credit to Lumacoustics

    The process of putting on a hack day is a crazy one. Between confirming speakers, picking quirky and cool entertainment and inviting attendees, it's a whirlwind of effort, imagination and long hours. We've been putting on hack days since 2005, so we've got the logistics part down to a science.

    Still, it's the imagination part that makes the process so much fun. Here's a first peek at what is in store for Hack Europe: London attendees.

    • In addition to in-person support for the usual suspects of Y! tech, including YUI, YQL and Mojito, we’re bringing in guest technologies to hack on and technologists to troubleshoot. Are you a startup with an awesome API you’d like to share? Drop us a line to get involved.
    • Satisfy your sweet tooth with freshly-made hot donuts and a decadent chocolate fountain. Yum!
    • Unleash your inner artist with a digital art wall and print your creation as a mug or sticker.
    • ...and £7500 in cash prizes!

    This hack day is shaping up to be a

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  • How Flickr Optimized Performance of Their New Yahoo! Homepage Photo Widget

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    Code.Flickr.net is an excellent resource for developers working on Flickr APIs. From the App Garden to helpful tutorials on the developer blog, their developer site is jam-packed with helpful information for developers.

    Today Flickr’s development team details how their latest homepage addition might have bogged down the Yahoo! homepage, had they not worked diligently to prevent that from happening.

    … the bottleneck was not in generating the list of photos for your most recently active contact, it was just in finding who your most recently active contact was (specifically if you have thousands or tens of thousands of contacts). What if, instead of fully denormalizing, we just maintain a list of your recently active contacts? That would allow us to optimize the slow query, much like a native MySQL index would; instead of needing to look through a list of 20,000 contacts to see which one has uploaded a photo recently, we only need to look at your most recent 5 or 10

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  • Collaborate, Learn, Innovate!

    Coming Soon To The UK: Yahoo!’s Hack Day Europe on April 27-28

    Hack days are one of the many ways we actively promote innovation through experimentation around Yahoo!. With that, Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) is thrilled to announce the upcoming Yahoo! Hack Europe: London on April 27-28, 2013.

    This two-day hackathon brings together a wide range of engineers to come together to build out ideas they are passionate about in an atmosphere that inspires collaboration, learning and innovation using the world’s top technologies from both YDN and tech partners. This will be YDN's third hack day in London. If you want to hack in an environment where you’ll be both challenged and inspired, this is the place to be.

    What it will not be is an ordinary hackathon.

    In addition to the staples of swift wifi, tempting treats and sharp troubleshooters, Yahoo! Hack Europe: London will stage panel debates on emerging technology trends, host skills workshops ranging from tricks of the trade to geeky

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  • YDN Weekly – March 15, 2013

    Enjoy our weekly wrap up of a few of the happenings at YDN. If you have any cool hacks or demos to share here, please let us know.YDN-weekly-205x85

    This week we held a rocking internal Global Hack Day, with a record number of hacks. We'll share more about that next week.

    Forums

    Thoughout the week, I read each and every forum post that hits the YDN forums. Our developers see and respond to these posts quickly because we are passionate about the development of the APIs we build.

    There are always some great posts, and this week is no exception. Take a look at these posts which represent the best of the best.

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  • What’s better than a great app? Dozens of great apps!

    Each day, many apps will be released, but few will garner mindshare because getting the word out about an app, even a great app, can be difficult. There are thousands of apps in any given app store, many that are abysmal, and the deluge of chaff along with confusing app store policies means that getting found in an app store is a frustrating game of happenstance.

    As a developer network, we see great apps every day. They are highlighted in our usage reports, mentioned in our forum and discussed in our communities. We know many of you are programming geniuses and we think that your apps should not be buried.

    In an effort to shine the spotlight on great developers and point out great apps, we're putting together the Yahoo! Developer Network App Showcase that will highlight your best efforts. At YDN, we are developers and users, so we already have some great contenders. That said, we know that we can never hope to uncover all of the gems out there, so we would love your help.

    Did you

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  • Changes for a couple Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) offerings

    In an effort to sharpen our focus, we are shutting down a couple services. You can see the full list on the Yodel announcement, Spring Cleaning. Two of the closures will impact developers, so we wanted to highlight them here.

    Avatars YQL table shutdown on April 1, 2013

    We have decided to discontinue the Avatars product. In line with this, the YQL table that allowed developers to retrieve the avatar will no longer be available after April 1, 2013.

    Yahoo! Updates API unsupported after April 16, 2013

    As of April 16, 2013, we will no longer support the Yahoo! Updates API. You can continue to use the service as is and the documentation will remain for now, but the team will no longer support the API. This also means the Updates forum will be removed.

  • YDN Weekly – February 22, 2013

    Enjoy our weekly wrap up of a few of the happenings at YDN. If you have any cool hacks or demos to share here, please let us know.YDN-weekly-205x85

    This week we held a rocking internal Global Hack Day, with a record number of hacks. We'll share more about that next week.

    Forums

    Thoughout the week, I read each and every forum post that hits the YDN forums. Our developers see and respond to these posts quickly because we are passionate about the development of the APIs we build.

    There are always some great posts, and this week is no exception. Take a look at these posts which represent the best of the best.

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  • YDN Theater Has a Whole New Look

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    If you’ve been a long-time YDN developer, you’re probably familiar with the YDN Theater. For over 5 years, YDN Theater has created and hosted some of the most compelling developer-centric video on the net. From Hack Days, coverage of events like YUIConf, internal learnings to YQL Tutorials, we’ve strived to keep this area chock-full of videos that are of value to developers like you.

    Alongside the recent YDN refresh, we overhauled the look and feel of YDN Theater. Designed with your needs in mind, the videos are thoughtfully categorized and easier to find, each channel offers subscription via RSS and the entire experience should be smoother.

    Take a look at the new YDN Theater and let us know what you think.

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