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…

  • Our new Yahoo! Developer Network evangelist Erik Eldridge was busy talking to attendees at OSCON. He sat with Jay Shirley from CatalystFramework.org to learn more about Jay and some of his open projects:

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  • Scott Kveton is a digital identity promoter and open source advocate. Scott has worked at Amazon, RuleSpace.com and JanRain as well as founded the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University. Chris Messina arrived in San Francisco four years ago to begin volunteering for the Mozilla Foundation, as a leader of the Spread Firefox community marketing project. During his time with Mozilla, he helped raise over $220,000 in microdonations to put a two-page spread, which he also designed, into the New York Times helping to increase Firefox’s downloads to over 50 million in its first six months.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher sat down with them at OSCON to learn more about their talk on OpenID:

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  • Our own Sanjay gave a talk at OSCON on The Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) which provides scalable, fault-tolerant, and high performance data storage and retrieval for Internet scale data applications. This talk presents an overview of HDFS and then dives under the hood to look at its implementation, performance characteristics, and planned enhancements.

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    ABOUT: Sanjay leads the Hadoop Distributed File System project at Yahoo where it is in daily use for large clusters of several thousand machines. Previously he has held senior positions at Cassatt, Sun Microsystems and INRIA where he has developed systems software for distributed systems and grid/utility computing infrastructures. He has published numerous papers and holds several patents. Sanjay has PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada.

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  • As a front-end engineer for Yahoo! Music, I've always thought it would great if the web services we use to create the Y! Music pages were available to developers outside of Yahoo!, and, as of today, due to the herculean labors of our web services team, they are!

    I've created a bare-bones PHP application, for browsing and playing music videos, so you can see some of the cool things you can do with the Music API. You can download the PHP source code here, and preview it here. You'll probably want to look at the Music API documentation while perusing the source code.

    There are a large number of API calls available in the Music API. I find that there is a relatively small handful that I use over and over again, so I'm going to point out those workhorse calls.

    ## Search for Artists

    Most of the music API calls rely on a set of unique numeric IDs to obtain information. There are artist IDs, which correspond to bands and solo artists, track IDs, video IDs, and so on.

    My apps often start by

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  • YUI Tab views sing ARIAs

    Anyone interested in inclusive design and making the web a more accessible place should check out Todd Kloots' latest post on the YUI blog: Enhancing TabView Accessibility with WAI-ARIA Roles and States. In it Todd explains how you can use WAI-ARIA to turn the YUI Tabview control into tabs that do not only show a visual change but also notify assistive technology of the changes happening to the interface and allow for full keyboard control.

    WAI-ARIA is a technology standard that tries to bridge the issue of HTML not being rich enough to create the web applications we've come to expect. HTML describes documents, not interfaces and there are no native elements for interface elements like menus, tabs or sliders. With WAI-ARIA you can define these using a set of attributes and both browsers and assistive technology like screen readers get notified about what an element is and when there is a change caused by an interaction.

    You can also find more shorter articles on ARIA on the Paciello

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  • OSCON – The Fishsticks

    Ok, so being at OSCON wasn't all business. We sent our intern Mattt (he can explain the 3 t's) around the show floor to do a little video for us. If you haven't heard of "fishsticks", then do a Yahoo! search and see more. Here's what we got:

  • This is a cross-posting from the Yahoo! Search Blog.

    Last month we opened up the Yahoo! Search Gallery to showcase all of the useful SearchMonkey applications that have been built by developers, site owners and Yahoo!. Today, we’re turning on a few of those applications for all users. Now, the Yelp, Yahoo! Local and LinkedIn Enhanced Results will automatically appear in the search results, eliminating the need for users to go into the Search Gallery to add them.

    Why did we start with these applications? Before making an application “default on” we require a few things: access to the site’s structured data through semantic markup or a data feed, a well-designed and broadly useful application, and positive user metrics. To understand how a SearchMonkey app affects user metrics, we generally expose a small percentage of our users to a default-on experience and measure if and how it changes their usage. We started with Yelp, LinkedIn, and Yahoo! Local because they were among our first

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  • Derek Gottfrid is a Senior Software Architect at The New York Times. He has been involved in building many key parts of the nytimes.com infrastructure, including search, web serving, e-mail distribution, and platform development. Derek has led efforts to improve the use of open source software within the Times and is responsible for the open source project dbslayer —a database connection pooling server. He also blogs regularly about his open source work at open.nytimes.com. Yahoo! Developer Network evangelist Tom Hughes-Croucher talked with Derek to learn on cloud computing and the NYTimes.com efforts:

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  • Speculative tech journalism is wrought with some pretty bone-headed predictions.

    I’m fully aware of that.

    Every time you toss your hat in the ring to offer your opinion, you’re opening yourself up to the possibility of being as wrong as the guy who said, “No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. 640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

    Despite all of that, I’d like to tell you about what the future of the Web will be. What Web 3.0 might look like.

    But first, some context:

    Web 2.0, for all of the nebulously related concepts it represents, was ultimately made possible by Ajax. Asynchronous communication between the browser and servers (a la Ajax) provided the latency needed to recreate the look and feel of a regular desktop application. Not to argue the finer points in this minefield of buzzwords and strong opinions, but the emergence of rich user interaction changed everything. It got people to rethink what a website could be. It was a newer, shinier series of

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  • OSCON – Zimbra

    Open source and web technologies promise to dispatch older proprietary peers with the power of community and innovation that deliver superior features plus better economics. However, having the most innovative product won’t help if your application doesn’t also embrace incumbents and offer better overall performance too. In this session, Zimbra's Kevin Henrikson shares its experience, tips, tricks incorporating the mainstream (BlackBerry, iPhone 2, AD, Exchange) with new web technologies (REST, XMPP, MySQL, J2ME, AJAX and more) to gradually reshape the enterprise.

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