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…

  • YSlow 0.9.3 Release with Firefox 3 Support

    YSlow, the performance lint tool created by the Yahoo! Exceptional Performance team was updated to version 0.9.3. today. This minor version increment contains:

    • Firefox 3 support (up to and including 3.0b4pre)
    • Sortable table of page components in the Components tab
    • Beacons (1x1 images that are not part of the DOM) excluded from the overall score. If you want them back in the score, use about:config to set the option extensions.firebug.yslow.excludeBeaconsFromLint to false
    • Minor bug fixes that caused YSlow to freeze as it peels off the page components (encountering streams, applets, empty URLs)

    In the spirit of openness and our commitment to a faster experience on the web, we hope you join us in accelerating the user experience.

    You can download the tool here, report bugs here, read the performance rules, and participate in the performance mailing list discussions. Also make sure you keep an eye on our performance-related postings on YDN and YUI Blog.

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  • Alert readers of YDN may have noticed a recent (tiny, cryptic) addition, "r3," way down at the bottom of our navigation bar. The European branch of Yahoo! has been using r3 and its ancestors for almost a decade to build and localise Web sites--including Yahoo! Answers--for over twenty different languages and countries.

    Essentially an offline processing tool, r3 stitches together template fragments containing a special markup syntax
    with HTML, PHP, CSS, and JavaScript. Translations of text to languages other than the primary source--usually English--are stored in a database and automatically included at render time.

    We're thrilled to announce that r3 has been released under a FreeBSD open source license. Check out the documentation for more details, and stay tuned for a series of introductory tutorials here on the YDN blog over the next few weeks.

    Mark Norman Francis

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  • When version 3.0 of the Flickr Uploadr came out, we Flickr users got a significantly more useful tool for getting photos online. But things changed significantly behind the scenes as well.

    First off, the new Flickr Uploadr is built on top of Mozilla technology--XULRunner to be specific. If you haven't heard of XULRunner...

    XULRunner is a Mozilla runtime package that can be used to bootstrap XUL+XPCOM applications that are as rich as Firefox and Thunderbird. It will provide mechanisms for installing, upgrading, and uninstalling these applications. XULRunner will also provide libxul, a solution which allows the embedding of Mozilla technologies in other projects and products.

    The choice to build on XULRunner is something that I discussed with Richard Crowley. Building on top of a Mozilla engine isn't new, of course. ActiveState has been doing so for years now for their Komodo IDE, as ActiveState founder Dick Hardt and I discussed in this interview at the 2007 Defrag Conference. The

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  • A few weeks ago, Matt Mullenweg (co-creator of WordPress) came by Yahoo to talk to a bunch of Yahoo! bloggers about the current and future state of WordPress. After the meeting, I sat down with him for our Developer Spotlight series on YDN Theater to catch up on various topics.

    In this 12 minute interview, we talk about:

    • Turning 24
    • Surprising uses of WordPress
    • The next big WordPress release (new features)
    • Scaling Automattic and WordPress.com
    • bbPress (Automattic's message board software)
    • PHP4 vs. PHP5
    • PHP vs. other languages for web development

    Thanks to Matt for coming to visit and taking the time to talk with me on camera.

    Jeremy Zawodny
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • YUI’s 2nd Birthday!

    YUI Library and YPattern Library turn 2 on February 26th. So we're having a party - or 2 to be exact.....

    We start the fun in London and then the Sunnyvale folks will be taking up the mantle in their evening.

    Beer and cakes and the scoop on everyone's favourite libraries are promised. And you can't have a birthday party without a cool going-home present.

    Places are tight at both so come and sign up via Upcoming for London or Sunnyvale

    Hope to see you there

    Sophie Major, YDN Europe

  • Here is a screencast by Allen Rabinovich
    (Yahoo! Flash Platform Omniheurist),
    Zach Graves (the lead developer of the Maps component), and our very
    special guest, Ted Patrick (Flex Evangelist from
    Adobe Systems):

    The AS3 Maps API comes complete with documentation and a number of
    examples. If you'd like to provide suggestions, comments or feedback, or
    show off a cool application you've built, please post on your ydn-flash
    — and who knows,
    we may feature your app here as well!

    Allen Rabinovich, Yahoo! Flash Platform Omniheurist

    download (m4v)

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  • After over 500 of you voted for an ActionScript 3 Maps API on the Developer Network Suggestion Board, we knew there was only one thing left to do: build it! So here it is: available immediately as part of Yahoo! Flash Platform, the native and complete ActionScript 3 Maps API.

    Here's a look at just a few of the API features:

    • Lightning fast tile engine
    • Base size of under 30 Kb
    • Multiple built-in widgets for zooming, panning and changing the map type.
    • Support for complex custom Markers
    • Geocoding (Mapping addresses to latitude/longitude)
    • Local search

    The list can go on, but wouldn't it be better to see the API in action? Here is a screencast by Allen Rabinovich (Yahoo! Flash Platform omniheurist), Zach Graves (the lead developer of the Maps component), and our very special guest, Ted Patrick (Flex Evangelist from Adobe Systems):

    The AS3 Maps API comes complete with documentation and a number of examples. If you'd like to provide suggestions, comments or feedback, or show off a cool

    Read More »from ActionScript 3 Maps API: You Asked and We Listened
  • So I am fumbling around with the newest toy from the Advanced Products crew, live.yahoo.com. I instantly get how neat it is; you just plug in your camera, bring up a Web site, and you're done. One of our developers works remotely from Oregon, so we're chatting live in no time, checking in with other Yahoos worldwide, and generally poking around.

    But then: I tune back in to the list of popular stations after lunch, and suddenly I'm watching what looks like a live feed from a basketball game. I ask, and no: it's an Obama rally. Rob Glaser, CEO of Real Networks, has his laptop hooked to his phone, which is in turn hooked to an EVDO network inside the Key Arena in Seattle, and is broadcasting video to anybody who wants it. Rob doesn't have his audio working (lots of instant-messenger dings, spooky feedback, but no voice) so somebody else in the chat suggests a local radio station's live feed ... and seconds later, I have audio.

    And then: it turns out that since my audio is broadcasting,

    Read More »from Citizen Broadcasting At Last, with live.yahoo.com
  • Yahoo! Media Player release #3

    There are some fairly significant and exciting changes in the new build of Yahoo! Media Player.

    1. Prettying up

      The changes that users will notice the most have to do with visible behaviors.

      1. Smaller footprint

        The player is now minimized when first loaded rather than half-open. This prevents it from taking up space in the page when it is not needed.

        Our goal is to empower the page, not overpower it. A smaller footprint helps the media and text mesh seamlessly.

      2. Steady scrolling

        The player doesn't flicker while you're scrolling anymore. Previously, if you were using any browser besides IE7, scrolling the page would cause the player to fade out and fade back in when you stopped scrolling. Now the player hovers in place while you scroll without fading in and out.

      3. Search doesn't interrupt

        The player contains a link to search on text related to the current track. This link used to open in the current window, which would interrupt playback. Interrupting playback was a bad surprise for

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  • Yes, Yahoo! Live is alive! Yahoo! Live is an experiment in personal live video broadcasting, brought to you by our Advanced Products team.

    In parallel with the launch of our site, we're also releasing a set of Web Services and a couple of embeddable Flash objects for developers and web weavers. With these tools you can:

    • Find out who's broadcasting right now
    • Get data about past broadcasts
    • See snapshots of past broadcasts
    • Embed live video in your blog or web page

    Our docs, along with pointers to a couple of sample apps, are at https://developer.yahoo.com/ylive. The API (and the docs!) are currently in pre-1.0 land; we'll incorporate feedback on both into our 1.0 API release. The specs are subject to change, and we have limited capacity, but we wanted to get the tools out to you for feedback today.

    For details, check the API docs, the Yahoo Live! site and our blog. You can also find a directory of sample apps at del.icio.us and on our blog. Send your samples to us, and we'll post 'em

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