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…

  • This weekend we were in Sao Paulo, Brazil to have about 400 hackers deliver 30 hacks on the first South American Open Hack Day. Further to Erik's general thoughts on the Open Hack Day (more to follow) here's a quick overview about the BOSS related happenings.

    With the idea of promoting the Yahoo Open Strategy the Yahoo speakers present (Erik Eldridge, Zach Graves and me) agreed to concentrate each on one of the components of YOS. I got the task to introduce BOSS to the hack crowd and took the obvious route by explaining how to use it to find donkeys on the web:

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    During the course of the hack day I had more and more hackers ask me how to get and - more importantly - how to convert and display information when using BOSS. To make this whole affair a lot easier, I decided to write a small JavaScript wrapper library for BOSS called yboss. Using this one you can for example display the top search results, images and news items for the search term "obama" with the following few lines of

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  • In October, five big universities in Turkey invited us to talk about the Yahoo! Developer Network. This was really important for us, as the time coincided with a special period for Y!OS. We had Yahoo! Profiles launch in Turkey and got the chance to announce it while giving presentations to many university students. Profiles launch may have a special side for Turkey as we really love social networks in Turkey. As an example, we have the fourth biggest network on Facebook. So, Turkey has a very special profile in our minds as it's the youngest country of Europe and has a fast growing internet penetration.

    Volkan Bicer presenting

    YDN seminars were hosted by Bogaziçi, ODTU, Bilkent, TOBB ETU, Hacettepe Universities with their Engineer/Computer Clubs and the IEEE student org. It’s very honorable for us to be invited by them and we got the chance to talk about how YDN can help them on their projects. We gave examples of API usage and showed them how simple it is to use an API in their projects. YUI Library is

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  • Gnip is an infrastructure service that provides an extensible messaging system for companies to more easily access, filter, and integrate data from web-based APIs. YDN evangelist Jon LeBlanc caught up with Gnip's CTO Jud Valeski at Defrag in Denver earlier this week.

    Want to learn more about Gnip? Contact them at info@gnipcentral.com.

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  • Yahoo! BrowserPlus

    BrowserPlus™ is a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities. Recently at Defrag, we spoke to Lloyd Hilaiel about this exciting new product:

    Download Coming soon

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  • Fire Eagle and Headup

    Headup is your personal discovery agent to the Web. It’s an intelligent browser add-on that enriches your browsing experience by bringing meaningful content to you. headup works on Firefox and provides easy access to personally-relevant content from all over the web. So how does Headup and Fire Eagle bring you better browser experience, watch this video to learn more:

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  • WebappsCon2008: Wrap-up

    For the second year running, Yahoo! Korea was able to sponsor and participate in WebappsCon, Seoul, Korea. One of the biggest web technology conferences in Korea, WebappsCon2008 was a one-day gathering full of worthwhile programs and workshops.

    WebappsCon2008 Schedule

    The morning sessions were divided into front-end and back-end technology. The impressive list of speakers included technology leaders from across the internet industry in Korea. Front-end topics included website performance tuning, mashup web application development, and testing frameworks for accessibility. Back-end talks covered best practices for PHP MVC frameworks, cloud computing, and semantic web linked data technology.

    WebappsCon2008 Sessions

    And then it was time for lunch. The cafeteria was conveniently located just a flight of stairs below the auditorium. My choice of menu for lunch was the delicious seafood soondoobu (tofu hot pot).

    WebappsCon2008 Sessions

    Throughout lunch, each sponsor cafe went into full gear. To introduce Yahoo! Maps, the Yahoo! Korea team prepared Ubongo

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  • The Yahoo! BOSS API allows you to access the Yahoo! search index with new levels of freedom. You can rearrange the results, change their look, have unlimited requests, mash the results with other resources, and you don't even have to let people know that Yahoo! is powering the page. Many people are busy mashing the BOSS results with internal data sets, proprietary logic, and new visual interfaces.

    BOSS is perfect for creating a niche search engine. With just a few tweaks, you can create a site that is finetuned to your particular subject. This article will walk you through some of those options.

    Any Volkswagen afficianado can tell you it is difficult to find good information in search engines. VWs unfortunately do not have unique model names. Searching for information about a Rabbit, Bug, Beetle, and Golf is frustrating. You have to dig through thousands of results about insects, mammals, and Tiger Woods [sample unfiltered search result (.xml)]. However, we can create a killer VW

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  • It’s no secret that each of the major social networking containers implements its own set of rules for how developers can interact with its applications. Even OpenSocial-compliant containers usually don’t implement the full standards body. This usually gives developers additional concerns when it comes time to migrate their application to another container.

    Flash is an excellent medium for building high-animation interactive components and decreasing the time that you, the developer, will have to spend adjusting your app to get it working perfectly for a new container. In this case, we used Yahoo!'s ASTRA Flash components to replace some of our graphing components. We passed a JSON string to the Flash object, used a JSON serialization library to parse the data, and then used those data structures to build out our components.

    We wanted to display a graph detailing positive versus negative voting with an overall vote line running through the middle. Below is a stripped version of the

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  • Yahoo!'s "Open Strategy" (Y!OS) provides developers, publishers and advertisers with unprecedented access to Yahoo!'s global audience and traffic. Cody Simms, will introduce you to Y!OS and the next generation of tools that help developers engage with Yahoo!'s massive audience like never before. Watch it here:

    Download NOW

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  • Earlier this month, we introduced a revamped universal profile to all Yahoo! users – but that was just the tip of the iceberg. With the new profile page, you got a peek at our open vision, but today’s Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch gives you something to get your hands on. Today we’re making Y!OS a reality for developers through the release of the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) , Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP) and Yahoo! Query Language (YQL). Now, anyone on the web has access to Yahoo!’s tools and data to start building applications for Yahoo!’s vast audience and the web beyond.

    Yahoo! Social Platform
    The Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP) consists of a suite of REST-based social APIs from Yahoo! including: Profiles, Connections, Updates, Contacts and Status. These services will make it possible for you to write social applications either on Yahoo! using the Application Platform or on your own website. We are releasing a PHP SDK an a Flash SDK to help you access these

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