Blog Posts by Tom Hughes-Croucher

  • Join us this week

    We are going to be at a few events around the Bay Area this week before the Thanksgiving break. We hope you'll join us. Adobe MAX is in San Francisco. We'll be there Monday through Wednesday with the Flash team talking about the ASTRA components for Flash and Flex and anything else you'd like to know. We are also going to be hacking at Mashup Camp, Silicon Valley. We'll do some exciting stuff with our new Yahoo! Open Strategy Platform, including our application platform and social graph APIs.

    Last, but not least, we're launching BrowserPlus at the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, CA, on Tuesday, November 18. You can also check out BrowserPlus online.
    Browser Plus

    As always keep an eye on @ydn on Twitter or @ydnlive for our live micro-blogging.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Open Social 1st Anniversary

    It's the Open Social 1st Anniversary today. We love Open Social which is why we built our Yahoo! Application Platform on it. I am going to be live blogging it for the Open Social Foundation on Twitter. Why not follow the action by following @opensocialdev?

    Of course, I'll do a recap of what happened on the blog so if you can't catch us on Twitter you can keep up with the announcements.

    Update: photos are starting to appear on our Flickr account.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

  • Take a seat at the conference

    The online/offline conference is this Friday. There is an amazing lineup of speakers.

    We've decided to sponsor some tickets for the "San Francisco" hub which is actually at our office in Sunnyvale, California. If you would like to attend email with a description (or link) to your favourite Hack and explain why you think it's cool. The Hack doesn't have to be your own but we'd love to see what you love and why. We also need your address for legal reasons, but don't worry we won't ever use it for any other purpose.

    We'll pick the answers out of a hat on Thursday at noon and let the winners know ASAP via email. For more details on the Ts & Cs see below.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • What is Web 3.0?

    Last week in Santa Clara, forward-looking technologists and entrepreneurs came to Jupitermedia's Web 3.0 Conference and Expo and asked what Web 3.0 might look like. There were some good sessions and lively discussions exploring the pieces of the next generation of the Web. The talks fell into two categories: technology and trends.

    The technology tracks looked at best practices around the data web as well as some interesting takes on query languages and the move away from SQL. There was also a panel on using semantic technologies in search. Yahoo's Tom Chi talked about Search Monkey, which uses structured data on the web to enhance search results.

    Search Panel on Flickr

    Hank Williams one of the conference co-chairs, hosted a panel where we talked about Open and how Yahoo's Open Strategy applies to the web. Rather than rehash it all here, you can read what other people thought on Read Write Web's write up.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • And now for something completely different…

    We love lolcats in the YDN office and I bet most of you do too. When the folks from were in town we couldn't resists doing an interview with them. The video is full of the kind of silliness you might expect from an interview in a big sand pit.

    This is the kind of film you can only make when your video professional is out of town on assignment. Please enjoy the bloopers, but don't miss the excellent advice from Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami (in conversation with Hackmeister Eric Wu) on growing a site from a single image to one with millions of visitors.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Part-time videographer
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research

    I'm happy to announce that Yahoo! is releasing the results of a usability study that we did for OpenID. Our test subjects were several experienced Yahoo! users (representative of our mainstream audience) who were observed as they tried to sign into a product review site using the Yahoo OpenID service.

    First, the good news. After the users completed their tests, we explained OpenID to them, and they all recognized the value of being able to easily sign into a new site without having to create a new ID and password. They also appreciated the potential of using their Yahoo OpenIDs to automatically verify their Yahoo email address without having to do manual email verification.

    Now the bad news. None of the users had heard of OpenID before, and none of them even noticed the OpenID sign-in box displayed below the traditional email/password login form on the site. In many cases, the test subjects entered their Yahoo email address and Yahoo password to try to log in. We had told the test subjects that they could sign into the site using their Yahoo! account without having to register. (See Page 5 of the study.)

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  • The ever pulsing cyber-brain at Yahoo!

    What would technical Yahoos talk about at a conference? Well, we recently held the first Tech Pulse conference in San Jose, an internal event where technologists from all corners of Yahoo! came together to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and learn about new tech research, development, and implementations across the company.

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  • Yet more great things to learn about web development

    The Opera Web Standards Curriculum in association with YDN has just been updated with another batch of great tutorials on website development.

    The new sections cover Accessibility with an article from yours truly on accessibility basics and another by Yahoo!'s Ben Hawkes-Lewis on accessibility testing. The section on CSS is also available with an introduction to CSS from YDN's Christian Heilmann. Other industry stalwarts, such as Tommy Olsson, follow on the CSS section with more detailed articles on specific topics.

    I'm glad I've been able to contribute to this great introduction to web development. If you are looking to learn the basics it's highly recommended.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Hack-tastic Hack-a-thon in London, England

    Yesterday Osmosoft organized a little Hack-a-thon in London, England.

    Hackers, well, hacking

    One unexpected attendee was Brian Suda who came over to London from Iceland for the microformat meetings before dconstruct this weekend. Naturally he was immediately swamped with questions about Microformats and showed some very interesting Papernet/Microformats stuff he is working on.

    It is really important that people feel that they can organise little hack meetings. Not everything needs to be as big as Hackday. All you really need is a room with power and internet connectivity and maybe a few refreshments. Invite your hacker friends, and lay it out there on Upcoming.

    If you need any advice, suggestions, or help you can always contact us.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Geeks in Oxford

    Oxford was once the intellectual capital of the world and while they might have to share that title now, the place is still buzzing with smart people. Oxford geek night was not what I expected at all. To start with the opening talk wasn't a talk, it was an act!

    Ben Walker's geeky music certainly tickled me. It's great to see a musician writing songs about Twitter because that's what he's into. Apparently Nerdcore isn't the only musical genre with musicians that can write code.

    There were a couple more talks about music, including Rhodri Marsden's highly amusing rant about selling music you made yourself. There were also some great lightening talks. I particularly liked Rachel Andrew's great summary of your options for taking online payments, and James Turnbull's summary of Django and what we can expect for Django 1.0.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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