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…

  • Flash on the Beach: Day Two

    This is the second in a series of articles reporting on Flash on the Beach, one of Europe's premier Flash conferences held in Brighton, UK. Since there are tonnes of sessions I'm going to pick out my personal highlights, but you can always check the official Flash on the Beach site for more information.

    The second day at Flash on the Beach started at a much more civilised hour for me. Since I'd already registered, I could afford to spend a whole extra hour in bed before jumping on the train to Brighton. I even managed to grab some breakfast on the way, and the extra brain food that brought was going to be essential in making it through probably the most technical of the three days.

    Aral Balkan: Grab the Low-Hanging Fruit
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    The day started with an inspirational talk from Aral Balkan on, essentially, learning to play. The main thrust of his presentation was that we spend way too much time getting hung up on patterns, frameworks, and the best way to

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  • Nicole Sullivan and Stoyan Stefanov are dedicated to making the web a faster place. As integral parts of the Exceptional Performance Team they already shared a lot of crucial information of how to make your web sites faster.

    One thing they've been pondering a lot about lately is image optimization for file size. Image editing tools come with all kind of great ways to optimize images for visual quality and file size, but when you look at the image in a text or hex editor you'll find that there is a lot of extra information in the file, for example the name of the editing suite, dates when the picture was created and lots more.

    There are a lot of tools that remove this information safely and get the most out of the images without having an effect on their visual quality. The catch is that there are a lot of tools for a lot of image formats, all of them on the command line.

    So Nicole and Stefan took their research findings, fired up their code editors and built a web app that does all the

    Read More »from Smushit.com – optimizing images has just become really easy
  • Flash on the Beach: Day One

    This is the first in a series of articles reporting on Flash on the Beach, one of Europe's premier Flash conferences. I'm going to pick out my personal highlights.

    This morning, having arrived bright and early in a cold but sunny Brighton, I eagerly made my way to the Brighton Dome to register for this year's Flash on the Beach conference. This is the third year in a row that I have made the journey down to the South Coast for the conference, and once again the line-up of speakers over the three days is stellar. After grabbing a cup of YDN-sponsored tea (yes, we're doing our bit for all the caffeine-addicted Flash developers out there) I headed into the main auditorium for the start of the day.

    Adobe Keynote

    John Davey, conference organiser supremo, dropped a bombshell in his introduction to the keynote session: Flash on the Beach will be coming to Miami in April '09. If you've always wanted to get to Flash on the Beach but didn't want to brave the chill of the UK in October, then

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  • 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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  • In case you were looking for a little light reading on a Monday, our own architect Peter Mika has just published an article in the latest print issue of Nodalities. Peter's article, titled Anatomy of a SearchMonkey, dives into the architecture and thinking behind the SearchMonkey project, and how SearchMonkey applies to semantic data on the Web. The entire magazine is available as a free PDF download (5 MB), so take a look and let us know what you think!

    Evan Goer
    Yahoo! SearchMonkey Team

  • On the 24th to 26th of October around 70 leading web developers, designers and thought leaders will speak at a conference to an audience of hundreds of attendees - without having to leave their comfy chairs.

    The conference is a world-first virtual conference that gives attendees access to watch all the presentations live on the internet using only their browsers and the Adobe Flash player.

    The line-up is impressive: Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., Jason Fried, director of 37signals, Lynda Weinman, president of Lynda.com and Richard Moross, CEO of MOO.com are just a few of the large amount of speakers that signed up to be part of .

    The best news is that if you sign up until the 30th of September, you'll get access to all the talks for only 99 US Dollars (that's the early bird discount)!

    The benefits of virtualization

    Virtualization is a hip new thing - we create virtual computers for heavy computation tasks and virtual worlds to be able to communicate

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  • Last week around 100 developers came to the Metropolitan University in London, England to hear about barriers faced by web surfers with disabilities. A day after around 40 hackers came back to build hacks that work around these issues.

    Antonia Hyde showing a video of a learning disabled user using a video playerArtur Ortega showing off what the Yahoo homepage sounds like in his screen reader

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  • Report from BlogWorld Expo

    This pic totally looks like I'm part of Thriller, which is applicable as Vegas was pretty darn thrilling! I spent a few days in Sin City this weekend as a part of the blogger conference, BlogWorld Expo. Being one of the largest blogger-focused events of the year, BlogWorld took place in the Las Vegas Convention Center, though parties were held up and down the strip. Beyond the normal crazy/fun Vegas scene, I had fun speaking on two panels. The first one was mostly centered on monetization, with a particular emphasis on widgets. The other members of the panel were from Pheedo (Louis Moynihan), Disqus (Daniel Ha) and Lijit (Micah Baldwin, moderator). The other, centered on getting customer and executive buy-in for blog projects, included myself and several real social media gurus; Toby Bloomberg, Rich Brooks and Des Walsh (moderator).

    BlogWorld Expo 08 - Robyn Tippins
    Photo Credit Brad_Crooks

    Both panels were well received, if I say so myself ;). As much as I enjoyed participating and attending the other

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  • On 13th to 15th of November, Paris, France will once again host a conference revolving around quality web design and accessibility. Paris Web was a great success last year and is probably one of the best bargains in the francophone world when it comes to web conferences.

    Sponsored by IBM and ours truly, the organizers managed to invite and attract an impressive list of speakers, including Chris Wilson of the Internet Explorer team and Daniel Glazman from the W3C CSS working group. From Yahoo! you'll see Eric Daspet, yours truly and the other curly - Nicole Sullivan from the exceptional performance team.

    You can find out who else is coming on the full list of speakers and you can get tickets starting at 100 Euro per day. Just like last year there'll also be 10 Euro workshops for those short of cash.

    Be aware that the main conference is in French. Nevertheless even if your French is not that good you can get by and I had a great time last year - the value for money was amazing. Let's

    Read More »from Ouh lá lá – Paris Web 2008 is open for registration
  • Yahoo! Search is now extracting RDFa data across the World Wide Web and making this information available to the public via SearchMonkey. RDFa is an open standard for embedding structured data directly in HTML. Along with our previous support for eRDF and a number of popular microformats, SearchMonkey now supports a wide variety of popular semantic technologies.

    What is structured data, and why is structured data good for search? Traditional search engines crawl the web and extract what metadata they can: the page title, an autogenerated summary, the file size, the MIME-type, the last-updated date, and so on. However, this sort of analysis pales in comparison to what a human being can do simply by glancing at the page. A human can look at the words "Joe's Home Page" and infer, "ah, this page probably belongs to Joe," or look at an image and infer, "ah, that's probably a picture of Joe, the owner of the page." That's easy enough for humans... but what if the search engine could pick out

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