Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

The energy at the 6th edition of Yahoo! Hack in India was electrifying as we counted down to the close of hacking at Yahoo! Hack Hyderabad, 2013. Over…

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Yahoo! has been hosting internal Hackdays since 2005, and the traditio…

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Photo credit to Reid Burke Since 2007, YDN has been hosting amazing Ha…

  • Editor's note: I exchanged email with Lloyd Hilaiel from Yahoo's BrowserPlus team and he answered some of my questions about how the project got started, what kept it alive, and how today we've announced our intent to open source this original technology, enabling open development on a platform for in-browser desktop applications.

    1. Where did the idea for BrowserPlus come from?

    A couple years ago I was on a team tasked with increasing collaboration and code-sharing between the many different development groups at Yahoo!. We were specifically looking to uncover interesting and innovative ideas in native client applications, and massage them into re-usable libraries. We were extracting gems--good solutions to problems with wide appeal--and making them easy for anyone in the company to apply.

    The project, in some respects, was a failure. At the end of our two-year run we had many C++ libraries, which ran on every operating system under the sun, to perform tasks ranging from the mundane

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  • We've written a lot about BOSS here before, but somehow I thought there's a quick example missing how you can use it to build a full custom search box on your server.

    Seeing that I had trouble to access search results of this blog on the Blackberry (not our blog's fault, but the browser it comes with), I had a go and created a much easier interface to searching this blog. Here's a quick how-to explaining the steps to the interface.

    Check out the example

    First of all, check out the result of the whole exercise. Following are some screenshots with explanations:

    The search result display with unexpanded keywords

    Unexpanded search results

    The search result display with expanded keywords

    Expanded search results

    The search result display with previous and next links

    Unexpanded search results

    Download the example

    You can download the whole solution, ready for uploading to your server. The code is heavily commented so we won't go through it here line by line here.


    The example as it is requires you to get an own application ID for boss and have a server

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  • 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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  • Internet Identity Workshop 2008

    The IIW is an "unconference" where ideas related to user-centric identity are discussed in an open, freeform manner and conversation topics are determined by the event participants. Last week I went to the Internet Identity Workshop held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

    People manage their online identities across the range of websites, services, companies, and organizations that they belong to, purchase from, and interact with. In its simplest form, Internet identity covers the technical and user-experience aspects of site signup, login, profile usage and permissions, social networking, data-sharing, storage of personal information, and the associated issues of privacy and security that arise. At the IIW, companies that normally compete in the marketplace collaborate to explore and solve the challenging issues around Internet identity.

    This year's hot topics of conversation included, but were not limited to:

    OAuth and data portability w/OpenID
    OpenID and OAuth are powerful methods for getting a user signed up and into a site and moving that user's profile data between websites. The implications for Havi Hoffmanng a combined spec for both OAuth and OpenID are quite exciting.

    Open profile sharing
    Using methods such as OpenID Attribute Exchange 1.0, companies like Yahoo!, MySpace and Google can feature Open Profile Sharing, allowing users to take their data with them to other trusted sites. The integration of totally portable data across many sites on the Internet is vital for the social Web communities.

    Single sign-on
    A seamless logged-in user experience is the ideal scenario for many users, especially the growing number of users who traverse the Internet, checking multiple social networks and content providers during one session. The ongoing discussion of single sign-on continues to be an important theme at this workshop.

    Activity streams data formats standards
    Activity streams, like the activity stream feature in Yahoo!'s MyBlogLog, is a feature that both providers and relying parties (RP) want to integrate into their sites. The benefits of Havi Hoffmanng a relying party's data available on another relying party's site and/or featured on a provider site are huge; portable activity data can help a relying party's business evolve to the next level.

    Jono Kane
    Design Prototyper / Web Developer
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Yahoo! Hack Day in Israel

    Yahoo! has held its first developer events in Israel, and I think all of us who went were struck by the energy and entrepreneurship of the industry there.

    YDN partnered with the BOSS team’s international roadshow on two very different events in Tel Aviv, the country’s high-tech hub.

    More than 200 people attended the opening event at GarageGeeks, a digital community space in the Holon industrial zone.

    It’s an amazing place created from, yes, a garage complete with lots of machine parts, a BBQ made from half a car, and Guitar Hero on the PlayStation. Think Mythbusters meets Hackday.


    It was a beautiful evening so the presentations and socialising were held outside. BOSS was incredibly well received by the audience, made up of internet folk from coders to marketeers to VCs. A lot of people we talked to were really enthusiastic and felt that this is a potentially disruptive technology.

    All together an edgy, fun evening, and the party was still going strong when we crept away at midnight.

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  • Howdy,

    I'm mich. I do some of the web dev work for this website. As you've no doubt noticed, YDN has been updating things recently. It's taken a little while to get it out to all Yahoo! Developer Network pages (we're probably about 90-something % complete), but we're getting there. This week we finished migrating the blogs to the new design. Hopefully you already know that we currently host three blogs here on developer.yahoo.net: the YDN Blog (which you are currently reading), YDN Theater for video, and the Hadoop Blog.

    Everything should pretty much be the same, but you will notice that I created new MyBlogLog communities for YDN Theater and the Hadoop Blog. Previously, these were combined with the YDN Blog community. Now each blog has its own distinct community of people sharing an interest in that particular blog.

    You've probably noticed that the new YDN design uses a lot of YUI. I've been a big fan of YUI's JavaScript libraries for quite a while - even before joining the YDN team.

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  • OpenSocial Turns One!

    We're on site at the MySpace office in San Francisco for the OpenSocial first birthday celebration. Presentations were given by social networking application development companies such as RockYou, containers (websites which integrate an application development interface to allow user-built applications) such as Yahoo!, Linkedin, Orkut, and Hi5 as well as official talks from Google and MySpace on some of the standards.

    As the OpenSocial developer community grows its base among official containers and independent application developers, the main focus for the future of OpenSocial is to encourage all individuals, regardless of company affiliation, to contribute to the community as a whole. At today's event we saw the true meaning of open and social, where companies who've traditionally been at odds are sharing impressive technologies. Competitors are allowing open access to their platforms and tools with the hope of delivering an ungated community for developers and all users as a

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  • 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

  • Seedcamp is an intensive week long event held in September in London for young entrepreneurs and founders from across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to provide mentorship, seed funding, and world-class connections for startups.

    Some of this year's winning teams were in Silicon Valley this week. They stopped in at Yahoo! to hear about our offering of tools, open services, and APIs for developers.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher sits down with Michael Gloess from toksta*, a free instant messenger, which is easy to implement and customize for a social networking site or forum. toksta* IM enables your users to chat via text chat or webcam in real time.

    Learn more about Toksta.

    Image used under CC, by Leafar

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  • Seedcamp is an intensive week-long event held in September in London for young entrepreneurs and company founders from across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to provide mentorship, seed funding, and world-class connections for startups.

    Some of this year's winning teams were in Silicon Valley this week. They stopped in at Yahoo! to hear about our offering of tools, open services, and APIs for developers.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher sits down with Francois Lagunas & Nicolas Steegmann from Stupeflix, a really cool video generator which allows users to upload pictures, music, videos, and text and let the Stupeflix API cook up a compelling movie mixing them all:

    Learn more about Stupeflix.

    Image used under CC, by Leafar

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