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…

  • We’re excited to announce the public release of the Address Book API. I say public release because while the API is newly launched here on YDN, it’s been up and running with some of the most contact-aware applications on the Internet, including Plaxo and LinkedIn.

    It’s been a long time coming, both for us and for all of you. Yes, we see the question come up often on the ydn-mail: Developer Community group and we’re pleased beyond measure to finally be able release the API.

    This new API provides access to one of the largest collections of address books on the Internet--the contact system behind Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Go. This means your applications already have a built-in audience. The Address Book API supports a wide range of third-party apps, such as sending invitations to seed social networks or social apps, looking up postal addresses for shipping services for online retail, and providing address "auto-complete" for messaging apps.

    The API has extensive search

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  • Back in May, a group of Yahoos from the OpenID team attended the 2008 Internet Identity Workshop (IIW), the premier event in the online identity space. Past Internet Identity Workshops have facilitated significant progress in dealing with issues associated with identity and openness, so we were happy to be participating at IIW2008a as a sponsor. Initiatives that have emerged from past IIWs include popularization of OpenID, changes to the OpenID 2.0 protocol to fix a couple of security issues found by Allen Tom, recognition of OAuth as THE standard for delegated auth, and finalization of the
    OpenID 2.0 spec

    Here's a quick summary of Yahoo!’s involvement at the unconference-like IIW2008a (May 12 to May 15), which took place at the Computer History Museum:

    • Yahoo! Developer Network sponsored a pre-dinner reception on the main day of the workshop and distributed the Y! OpenID t-shirts at IIW. Participants loved the shirts!
    • Shreyas Doshi ran a session titled “What to show on an OAuth
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  • Yahoo! this week released a design stencil kit to help designers quickly create mockups for specifications and user testing. Stencil objects have specific meaning and can be incorporated into a design to symbolize a specific kind of module, interaction, or even aesthetic.

    These design stencils complement the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library by providing tangible objects that manifest the essence of specific design patterns. The stencil kit also contains links to YUI components and Design Pattern Library entries that help bring depth and tactical execution to designs.

    Stencils kits are available for OmniGraffle, Visio (XML), Adobe Illustrator (PDF and SVG), and Adobe Photoshop (PNG) and cover the following topics:

    • Ad Units
    • Calendars
    • Carousels
    • Charts and Tables
    • UI Controls
    • Form Elements
    • Grids
    • Menus and Buttons
    • Mobile - General
    • Mobile - iPhone
    • Navigation and Pagination
    • OS Elements
    • Placeholder Text
    • Screen Resolutions
    • Tabs
    • Windows and Containers

    To use a design stencil, download the stencil

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  • The second day of @media2008 conference in London was much more revolving around development than the first one, which was about the design challenges we face as web developers. Here are some short summaries of the different sessions I managed to attend:

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  • Continuing in the spirit of London Web Week the lovely people from Moo were the special guests at a Geek Dinner last night. In a pub in High Holborn about 40 geeks and hackers converged for the event. There were lots of people from Moo in attendance which gave everyone the chance to meet many of the people they'd seen speak at conferences like Richard Moross, Richard Pope and Denise Wilton.

    Rather than a formal talk Richard M gave an impromptu history of the company from it's inception as the dubiously named "Pleasure Cards" to the Moo of today. They discussed some of the reasons for their success. Richard said that customer service was key. Being very accommodating early on created a really loyal following. They found that owning up to the mistakes they made and dealing with them created the happiest customers of all. Creating an honest dialogue is clearly important to the company.

    London Geek Dinner with Moo

    When asked about market Richard talked about his time in the advertising industry. He lamented about

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  • Today was the first day of @media2008 in London, England. For the fourth time hundreds of people interested in web design, development and information architecture came to see what experts in the field had to say and network in probably Europe's biggest web conference focusing on the front-end of development.

    This is a short roundup of the sessions I attended, as the conference worked on two tracks - the massive, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the smaller Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre.

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  • RDF and the Monkey

    Besides the existing support for microformats, we have already shared our plans for supporting other standards for embedding metadata into HTML. Today we are announcing the availability of eRDF metadata for SearchMonkey applications, which will soon be followed by support for RDFa. SearchMonkey applications can make direct use of the eRDF data by choosing the com.yahoo.rdf.erdf data source, while RDFa data will appear under com.yahoo.rdf.rdfa. Nothing changes in the way applications are created: as SearchMonkey applications have already been built on a triple-based model, the same applications can work on both microformat, eRDF or RDFa data.

    Content publishers, however, will now have an even wider array of choice for providing metadata inside HTML. Therefore it is worthwhile to briefly summarize the key differences between microformats, eRDF and RDFa and the possible migration paths across these approaches:

    • Microformats allow publishers to provide metadata about a fixed set of types.
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  • We Monkeyed with hCard

    Just a quick note for everyone that is using any extracted hCard. The way we store hCard changed. This was done to more faithful to the vcard-in-rdf specification and also adds support for vcard:adr and organization name.

    Old com.yahoo.uf.hcard/rel:Card/vcard:url
    New com.yahoo.uf.hcard/rel:Card/@resource
    Old com.yahoo.uf.hcard/rel:Card/rel:Photo/@resource
    Old com.yahoo.uf.hcard/rel:Card/vcard:photo
    New com.yahoo.uf.hcard/rel:Card/vcard:photo/@resource

    We are going to have about 10 minutes of downtime tonight (around 10pm PST) while we do a string replace on the database for those fields. If you were doing any fancy things that wouldn't be caught by a simple string replace from OLD to NEW, then please update your code accordingly (and republish to the gallery if needed).

    Paul Tarjan
    (|): Chief Technical Monkey :(|)

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  • Last weekend the Yahoo Developer Network sponsored the Barcamp NorthEast in Newcastle, England and we sent Cathy Ma as our reporter on the ground. It was Cathy's first BarCamp and here are her impressions:

    Thanks to Christian who kindly allowed me to represent him at BarCamp NorthEast, I went all the way to Newcastle's The Arts Works Galleries. Sunny weather, beautiful landscape, a bunch of geeks surrounded by inspirational artworks, plus lots of nice rum - what's more you can ask for? Well, maybe a ginger hair wig so that I might be able to pull off as Chris.

    (photo courtesy: sheilaellen)

    Barcamp NorthEast was definitely upbeat and energetic and most importantly it felt natural and very grass-root compared to other events. It was intriguing to see it starting with Ian demonstrating his brilliant Diablo skills, which woke us up and got us ready for more at about the right time in the morning.

    One hot topic discussed at the BarCamp was if One Laptop per Child was more effective

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  • A Peek Into Yahoo! BrowserPlus

    browserplus graphic smallThere's been a bit of speculation about BrowserPlus, the mysterious new platform from Yahoo!. Today we remove that veil of mystery to show you directly what it is, what it does, and why we can't wait to hear what you think.

    BrowserPlus is a platform for extending the Web: an end-user installs it and a developer uses its features through a small JavaScript library. Some of the features that exist in the platform today include:

    • Drag-and-drop from the desktop
    • Client-side image manipulation (cropping, rotation & filters)
    • Desktop notifications

    The most unique attribute of BrowserPlus is its ability to update and add new services on the fly without a browser restart or even reloading the page! For users, this means no more interruptions or installers to run. We handle the complexity of software distribution and updates. For developers, it means you can check for and activate new services with a single function call (pending user approval, of course). BrowserPlus is dynamic,

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