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…

  • Last week we launched our new search web services platform, Yahoo! Search BOSS, and pointed to a few folks that already started using BOSS. We mentioned that Daylife is integrating the BOSS API as part of the Daylife To-Go customization wizard. They're also encouraging participants in their DayPI Developer Challenge to integrate the BOSS API in their mashups.

    The challenge awards developers who build the most interesting, original and innovative applications using the Daylife API. As part of the challenge, Daylife will be also be awarding a bonus prize of $2,000 for the best BOSS/Daylife Mashup.

    If you have an idea to share, sign up for a Daylife account, build an app and submit your mashup. Make sure you tag your entry with 'boss' and 'contest08' to be eligible for both the Yahoo! BOSS-DayPI mashup prize and the Developer Challenge.

    The challenge ends on July 25th, so get your entries in quick!

    The BOSS Team

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  • I Gotta Have More Cowbell!

    We're working hard to increase the value (ie cowbell) that YDN can offer; our beautiful redesign is part of that effort. Along those lines, I want to introduce you to our latest offering, message boards. (struggling here not to include the obnoxious blink tag)

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    If you haven't been online since 1995, message boards are tools that people use to connect with each other. They differ from social networks in that they are useful. ;) We like them because they allow us to brag about how hip, retro and old skool we are here at YDN. Yo!

    Anyhoo, we're super excited about our new message boards and we really hope you like them. Also, as a heads up, we're not removing our existing Yahoo! Groups anytime soon, and possibly not ever, because we understand that some people like email better and some would rather have the organization and structure that a board offers.

    So, if you don't mind, we'd like you to come in, introduce yourself, and talk amongst yourselves. We covet your feedback!

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  • Romania just had its first Yahoo! developer invited to speak at an event, at WebCamp: Connected Life's Ricardo Varela went to Bucharest last week, on Wednesday, to tell Romanian developers what Yahoo! does related to Mobile products.

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    Photo credit Bobby Voicu

    Though we thought it might be a little bit early, since Romania's Internet mobile market is not that developed, the interest was quite high, Ricardo getting lots of questions after the event, talking to people interested (including Mihai Dragan, the manager of mobione, the company that created Yahoo! Maps for iPhone and iPod Touch). Maybe the best feedback I had was from a developer that said to me: "You know, I am not interested in mobile, but after Ricardo presentation, I will go and take a look, because it looks really interesting now".

    The venue was also interesting, since the event took place in a night club, we also had some foosball tables (Ricardo is a good player, btw) and had free pizzas :D Everything was great, including

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  • SearchMonkey In Paris!

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    Photo credit Sophie Major

    Search Monkey arrived in Paris with the sound of flying toy monkeys screeching as they flew through the La Cantine café. The festive, attentive group gathered to hear about the new Yahoo! Search feature and to fling the little guys across the room.

    La Cantine is a cross between an Internet Café and a co-op workspace. Its central Paris location provides space to collaborate, learn, share, and explore the future of technology.

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    Photo credit Sophie Major

    The Yahoo! Developer Network and local Yahoos joined forces to explain Search Monkey; an open interface for providing enhanced search result presentations. Participants were able to start building Search Monkey applications in small groups as well as learn about Microformats.

    Search Monkey Applications

    Search Monkey allows any developer to create enhanced presentations for a web site when it appears in Yahoo! Search. The standard result displays the page title, description, and web site address. A Search Monkey

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  • Today we are releasing a new version of the Yahoo! Local API (V3), that gives developers a key new feature – the ability to search for convenient points of interest for a given user defined route. For example, as you are driving from San Francisco to Sacramento, you could search for a Starbucks or for a hardware store. This new API functionality is already in use by our partner, Dash Navigation, who announced its availability for their Internet-connected GPS navigation system on June 30.

    To make this new feature possible, we have added a new API parameter, “route”, that is a series of latitude/longitude coordinates. The first pair of coordinates is the starting point, and the final pair of coordinates is the ending point. The value of the route parameter is defined as follows:

    lat1 long1,lat2 long2,...,latn longn

    Here is an example of a simple route from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ferry Building. Note that latitudes and longitudes are separated by

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  • BOSS: A YDN! Screencast

    BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is Yahoo!'s open search web services platform. The BOSS goal is simple - foster innovation in the search industry. Using BOSS, developers, start-ups and even large Internet companies can build and launch web-scale search products that utilize the entire Yahoo! Search index - including investments in crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms, and our powerful infrastructure.
    In this screencast, Vik Singh walks you through two examples of BOSS:



    Download COMING SOON

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  • Intrepid coder Bart Teeuwisse has written up an excellent technical account of creating "Tweet", a beautifully designed SearchMonkey app for Twitter. From a performance standpoint, writing a Twitter SearchMonkey app is particularly challenging, as Bart explains:

    It turns out that execution speed of a SearchMonkey is key. To make the SearchMonkey Gallery a presentation monkey such as Tweet has to complete within a fraction of a second. Any call to fetch 3rd party takes too long to satisfy this requirement. Certainly calling Twitter's API whose fluctuating response times are all over the map.

    Secondly, Twitter's profile API call takes a user ID, which first has to be extracted from Yahoo!'s indexed data. An additional data SearchMonkey can do that and whose output is the input to Tweet's profile feching data monkey. However, this chaining of data monkeys makes Tweet only slower.

    Fortunately, Bart hit on a really clever solution: a mashup with Google App Engine, which acts as a simple

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  • Whether you’re an experienced mobile developer or a newbie in the space, your number one headache is the diversity of mobile platforms and devices -- thousands of devices with different screen sizes and resolutions. Different mobile web browsers require different techniques for rendering and supporting CSS and JavaScript. Did you know that including too many images could cause the mobile OS to crash if it runs out of memory to handle them?

    If decide to develop for a mobile platform (non-web) instead of a mobile browser you are still faced with the same problem of choice: Should you develop for the iPhone, Nokia 60 Series, Blackberry, or just write a J2ME application?

    Now things have changed. The release of Blueprint 1.0 technology offers an alternative solution.

    Read More »from A quick Blueprint how-to – your first widget
  • Yahoo Maps on the iPhone

    iPhone is creating a craze in Romania, as it's done all over the world. Since Yahoo is very popular in Romania and, moreover, Yahoo! Maps is considered the API to choose for the detailed view of Bucharest, Mobi One and MB Dragan thought of creating the Yahoo! Maps application for iPhone and iPod Touch.

    Here is what they have to say about it:

    We've created Mobi One Maps because Google Maps (the application available for iPhone) did not have a detailed, street-level map of Bucharest. To do this we used Yahoo! Maps and Mootools.

    One of the issues we encountered was trying to modify the navigation buttons, since the existent documentation did not mention anything about this situation. So as a solution we used map.panTOXY() as follows:

    
    window.addEvent('domready', function() {
    var container = map.getContainerSize();
    var delta = Math.max(container.width,container.height) / 2;
    var move_up = new YCoordPoint(container.width / 2, container.height / 2 + delta);
    var move_down = new 
    Read More »from Yahoo Maps on the iPhone
  • [This post originally appeared on the Yahoo! Search Blog]

    Today, Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search.

    Our goal with BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is simple – foster innovation in the search landscape. As anyone who follows the search industry knows, the barriers to successfully building a high quality, web-scale search engine are incredibly high. Doing so requires hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in engineering, sciences and core infrastructure – from crawling and indexing technology to relevancy and machine learning algorithms, to stuff as mundane as data centers, servers and power. Because competing successfully in web search requires an investment of this scale, new players have effectively been

    Read More »from BOSS – The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem

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