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…

  • David Recordon is Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart, the largest independent blogging company in the world. Recordon has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies such as OpenID. Tom Hughes-Croucher sits down with David and talks with him at OSCON:

    TRT 08:20 | mm:ss

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    Recordon’s history with open source software and open standards stretches back to the beginning of his career, when as a sophomore in high school he volunteered his time to lead an open source message board project with over forty members worldwide. This interest led to his co-founding of a message board hosting provider that still services tens of thousands of users around the world, and that he has since sold. Recordon was recently recognized by Google and O’Reilly as the recipient of a 2007 Open Source Award for his efforts with OpenID and is the youngest recipient in the history of the award.

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  • Kevin Henrikson – Zimbra

    Tom Hughes-Croucher sat down with Kevin Henrikson at OSCON just after Kevin's talk on Zimbra and 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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  • BarCamp Malaysia

    Barcamp Malaysia was a couple of wonderful days of geek-tech experience, the sort of which never really experienced in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. An estimated 200 people were crowded into relatively small training facilities near the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from 26th to 27th July 2008, many of which was their first experience of a Barcamp. Despite being the first Barcamp held in Malaysia, the organizers were spot on in coming up with the right mix of technical, entrepreneur and irreverent sessions, with lightning talks, werewolf games and seriously tech talks like multilingual web sites with Drupal and wireless network hacking.


    While many of the sessions and attendees were from Malaysia, there was a sizable contingent from neighbouring Singapore, giving it more South-East Asian feel. Yahoo! was represented by Henry and myself from Engineering and Jeremy from the Communications team. I did a session on SearchMonkey, adapted from slides provided by the SearchMonkey team (thanks

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  • We are excited to announce the new Zimbra Desktop Beta 3. This is a cross posting from the Zimbra Blog
    - Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network

    We’ve aimed to blur the line between a Ajax web-client and a conventional desktop application, and this release is a leap towards reaching that goal. If you’re just joining us here’s the best part: It’s an offline capable client so you can take your data with you whenever you don’t have internet access - then sync any type of interaction that you can do in normal webmail access when you get connected again. So many cool new things I don’t know where to begin - the Zimbra Desktop team has been very busy since Beta 2.

      They’re here, and your tasks, documents, & briefcase items can now follow you wherever you may roam. If you’re already using Zimbra Desktop against a Zimbra Collaboration Suite server these will show up on next edit or item move via delta sync - while a full account sync or reset will pull in prior items. Personally, having briefcase items available offline is a major plus - as offline calendaring using the same AJAX web-client interface has already long since won me over.


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  • Ottawa too

    While Tom and a bunch of other Yahoos are down in Portland for OSCON, I'm in Ottawa this week for Linux Symposium. We're almost done with day two of the conference, and it's been excellent so far.

    While most talks delve into the kernel, or system level features of linux, there's also decent coverage of Performance, Security, Mobile, UI, Web Applications, and Green Computing. I'll be doing a tutorial on CVS and Bugzilla this Friday, and another on Yahoo! Pipes on Saturday.

    If you're at the conference and you spot a guy wearing Yahoo! gear, come say hi. I might even have some swag if my luggage gets here in time.

    Philip Tellis
    Yahoo! Exceptional Performance

  • This week we're at O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR. There are lots of great talks -- from how Google does code reviews to XMPP with Flickr and FireEagle to the state of OpenID.

    We're really excited about all the cool stuff that's going on. If you're at OSCON, we really hope you'll come and hang out at our booth to see the latest from Zimbra, Hadoop, YUI, etc.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

  • Yahoo! Small Business is focused on making Small Businesses successful by providing them with top web hosting and e-commerce hosting solutions.

    We are seeking out interested web site designers and application developers to help us evaluate new features and set the direction for future development. If you are an experienced web site designer and would like to get in on the ground floor of new and exciting developments on our hosting platform, please send an email to the following address:


    Participants will spend approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in an individual feedback session that can take place via a conference call or in-person meeting in Sunnyvale. Compensation will be provided.

    Please include the following contact information:

    1. First Name, Last Name
    2. Email Address
    3. Phone (optional)
    4. Preferred contact method, time.
    5. Skills: Website Designer (tools?), Application Developer (tools?), Links to previous work.

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  • I just arrived in the Silicon Valley to work here for a month and synced up with the local colleagues to compare our notes on how we organize developer days, unconferences and our general outreach to universities and partner companies. One of the things I had already expected but didn't get confirmed is that there is a mashup fatigue.

    I've felt that, too, and wondered what to do about it. In a blog post I wrote some time ago I was asking if it is time to use mashups to solve real life issues and the feedback was amazing!

    I worked with some charities that deal with inclusive design and learned from them which kind of barriers keep people from using things we take for granted on the web: Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and so on. In a lot of cases there are only a few small details that keep out blind, mobility impaired or sensory impaired users.

    Asking the maintainers of web sites to change these is quite an uphill battle - everybody is busy - it is a rule in our job. However, a lot of

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  • We are testing a new template design for Enhanced Result applications. This new template contains two key design improvements that stem directly from recent Yahoo! user research. If our tests are successful (we're exposing 5% of our traffic to this new template), we'll roll it out to all users in the coming months. Developers do not have to perform any actions to take advantage of this new redesign; all Enhanced Result applications will upgrade automatically. Infobar applications will be unaffected.

    Original Enhanced Result Designs (Abstract, Key/Value Pair)

    Original SearchMonkey Enhanced Result (Abstract)

    Original SearchMonkey Enhanced Result (Key/Value Pair)

    New Enhanced Result Designs (Abstract, Key/Value Pair)

    New SearchMonkey Enhanced Result (Abstract)

    New SearchMonkey Enhanced Result (Key/Value Pair)

    Key differences include:

    • Images appear to the right of the abstract, rather than the left. Our latest eye-tracking studies indicate that moving the image helps users selectively discover it — without disrupting their ability to scan the search result page. While we know that users do like relevant images, we also know that images can increase the risk that the result

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  • Yesterday I went to AbilityNet, a charity dealing with web accessibility and publishers of the "State of the E-Nation report", which tested several social networks in terms of accessibility for users of assistive technology. My talk covered Ajax and Accessibility and was part of their "Rich media and latest trends in accessibility" workshop.

    Abilitynet talk: Ajax and Accessibility

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