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Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

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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…

  • Yesterday night the Yahoo Developer Network and Yahoo UK sponsored a party to kick off the London Web Week. About 50 developers, designers, tech journalists, community managers and product managers met in a night club in Leicester Square, London to start the event-packed week with a bang.

    Collage of photos of the party

    For a whole week London's development community will be spoiled for choice considering which events of the packed London Web Week schedule to attend and we thought it a good idea to start the week off with a party.

    Over searchmonkey nuts ("monkey nut" is the UK term for peanuts in the shell), fingerfood and free drinks people had a chance to get to know each other and plan for the next few days.

    An extra bit of "social lubrication" was provided in the form of a specially designed, Yahoo purple branded cocktail christened The bleeding purple and it did its magic quite nicely.

    The only small dent in the evening was that far less people showed up than we planned for which was caused by the terrible

    Read More »from Searchmonkeynuts, the “Bleeding Purple” and a wee bit of networking – this was the London Web Week Opening Party
  • Ever since the SearchMonkey Gallery went live, we have been reviewing tons of app submissions from our developer community late into the night. We’re trying to discover apps that are creative, useful, fun and engaging so that we can proudly showcase them to the rest of the world. For those who have submitted their apps to the gallery, thank you for your contributions and we’re excited to have you participate! If you have developed an app but did not submit it to the gallery, please consider sending it over so that the rest of the Yahoo! community can benefit from your creation.

    For developers who want to get their apps into the gallery, below is a list of things we consider when reviewing your submissions.

    • Is the app abusive? Inappropriate text, images and links are not allowed.
    • Is the app properly described? Make sure that your app title and description are properly entered as these fields are displayed in the gallery. The title/description should actually correspond to what the app
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  • Monkey Evolution

    It's been a week since the SearchMonkey Launch Party (which, by the way, was a TON of fun), but we've still been slaving in the jungles for you.

    There is another SearchMonkey release going out RIGHT NOW with many neat new features. In no specific order:

    • You can submit to the SearchMonkey Challenge at the same time that you make your app sharable.
    • The Gallery is live and starting to get some applications :). Check it out and submit your apps for inclusion. If your app was accepted -- congratulations! Your app is now available to millions of Yahoo! users to enhance their search experience!
    • Sharing of apps is getting closer. The gallery page for your plugins will now render properly but won't show anything of use... YET. When you publish your app, you will get a link that you can send your friends and family, post on your website, emblazon on the side of your car, or tattoo on your forehead. From that link, anyone with a Yahoo! account will be able to add your app to their profile,
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  • Two Events

    Last week was a busy one for green geeks in London. I attended two events focused on green technology and environmental awareness: the AMEE's 1st Birthday and GeeKyoto, a mini-summit to discuss green tech and other issues.


    AMEE (the Avoiding Mass Extinction Engine) is a broker for data about energy use and carbon data. In the year since AMEE launched, they've worked with the British government to provide an online carbon calculator as part of the Act On CO2. The Act On campaign had a great response--almost a million visitors created over 400,000 carbon profiles. These profiles help people in the UK understand and reduce their carbon footprints and helps the government understand how Britons use carbon. Happy Birthday to AMEE! We look forward to another year of great work helping us avoid extinction.


    Most people question if the world is broken, or discuss whose fault is it. But we thought let's assume it broken. Let's get clever, smart geeks together, to figure out what's the best way to fix it. You are here to see cool stuff. Hopefully that cool stuff will trigger an idea when you get up tomorrow morning.

    On Saturday May 17, I attended the day-long GeeKyoto conference. Event organisers Mark Simpkins and Ben Hammersley explained their thinking in the quote above. They started with the premise that "The world is broken" and asked "How do we fix it?" Following on from the theme of the Kyoto summit, many talks were about climate change.

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  • Back in April, several members of the Yahoo! Developer Network user experience design team attended and presented talks and workshops at the 9th annual IA Summit held in Miami.

    Yahoos in the house

    Christian Crumlish, Lucas Pettinati, and I gave a well-attended workshop on Designing and Building a Pattern Library and using Design Patterns and YUI to rapidly build sites. We released a set of design stencils for Omnigraffle, Visio, Illustrator PDFs and Photoshop PNGs representing our pattern and YUI components to attendees that will allow easy design using these tools. They are now also available on the public Pattern Library site for download. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly as we add new patterns to the library.

    In addition to our workshop, Christian also spoke on Designing with Patterns in the Real World: Lessons from Yahoo! and Comcast: (Podcast)

    Christian also moderated a panel on Identity and Presence; it was funny, insightful,

    Read More »from Yahoos at the Information Architecture Summit: A Round-up of Presentations
  • Check out this informative article on writing applications on the SearchMonkey platform at SearchEngineLand - a must read!.

    Done? Now write your own application!

  • This morning a group of selected developers from different companies took their first steps in creating their first SearchMonkey apps in the London office of Yahoo.

    Search Monkey Developer breakfast

    Developers from Skype, the BBC, ebay, MySpace and other interested parties came to the office to enjoy sandwiches, coffee and monkey cookies and get both a quick introduction to the idea of SearchMonkey, how it will apply to their companies and hands-on help in developing their first applications.

    Richard Allinson, Ben Cosgrave and Russell Aronson from the UK monkey team helped the others find the easiest way to get their buried content out into search result pages using a few lines of XSLT and PHP.

    The initial feedback was very positive and one of the great things about SearchMonkey - making people look more closely at the markup of their sites and the idea of adding Microformats to ease data extraction - took off almost immediately.

    What are you waiting for? Start monkeying around, too!

    Chris Heilmann
    Yahoo Developer

    Read More »from SearchMonkey developer breakfast in the London office
  • Original post featured on Yahoo! Search Blog

    It's been three weeks since we began the limited preview of Yahoo! Search's new open developer platform, SearchMonkey. Today, we're officially opening up the doors to all developers -- professionals and hobbyists -- to begin building applications that enhance the usefulness and relevance of search results.

    There are three components to this open ecosystem:

    • Site owners share structured data with Yahoo!, using semantic markup (microformats, RDF), standardized XML feeds, APIs (OpenSearch or other web services), and page extraction.
    • Third party developers build SearchMonkey applications.
    • Consumers customize their search experience.

    So, what's in it for developers?

    With SearchMonkey, developers have a hand in shaping the next generation of search by building customized search results and mash-ups that users can add to their Yahoo! Search experience. By leveraging structured data from sites like CitySearch, StumbleUpon, eBay, or Epicurious.com,

    Read More »from The Monkey is Out and the Challenge is On
  • Adding structured data to your site doesn't need to be complicated or difficult. It can be as simple as adding a handful of attributes to your page -- "'class"and "rel" are the most common. Many sites use semantic markup, and already have these attributes, in which case you can insert additional values into existing attributes, since these actually hold space-separated lists. Microformats is the name of one common method for using this kind of simple markup.

    Microformats are community-driven standards, put together and maintained by volunteers outside of a formal organization like IETF. Typically, they cover well-worn use cases, a concept called "paving the cowpaths." A number of microformat specifications in various stages of development are available at microformats headquarters.

    Initially, the Yahoo! Search indexer supports the following microformats:

    * hCard for personal or organization contact info
    * hCalendar for event descriptions and timelines
    * hAtom for syndicated content as

    Read More »from Are Microformats Right for Your Site?
  • Note: This blog post was originally published on the Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog.

    Like the London Tube Map, recording and retrieval of locations and their relationships doesn’t always have to do with their Lat/Lon. There is a more elegant way to abstract the relationships of location, and unambiguously describe places in a permanent, language-neutral manner. Since Where on Earth joined Yahoo! in 2005, Yahoo! has geo-enabled the network, including geo-tagging advertising, Flickr photos, Yahoo! Maps, and so many of the location-based services that Yahoo! has offered.

    Yahoo! is now offering a developer preview of this Yahoo! Internet Location Platform.

    Here’s an example of the new platform in action. Check out this photo on Flickr. This photo was geo-tagged by the user, and since it was placed on a map, we were able to give it a set of these location tags. If you browse in to the tagged metadata using the Flickr API, you’ll notice a set of geo-tags called WOEID (Where On Earth IDs) which

    Read More »from Abstracting Spatial Relationships with the Yahoo! Internet Location Platform


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