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…

  • Mashup Zimbra Using Zimlets

    With the just-announced launch of Yahoo's Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 5.0, a full-featured messaging and collaboration application, it's a good time for developers to check out the Zimbra API which lets developers bring rich content into ZCS. Want to add a map to your mail? Find news headlines or search Amazon from within ZCS applications? You can create "Zimlets" to do all these and much more.

    A Zimlet is a zipped bundle of content that is deployed to the ZCS server enabling the server to interact with third-party information sources as well as enhance the UI of the various ZCS applications such as the mail client. Simple Zimlets can be written entirely using special XML description files. JavaScript can be used within a Zimlet using a Zimlet base class that can be overridden to extend the ZCS Ajax client. Finally, developers can include JSP code for additional server-side functionality (the Zimlet backend has a generic proxy servlet for making calls to external services).

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  • Candidates graded on technical savvy, site performance

    Performance is important to users. It influences click through rates, loyalty, and engagement. Users want fast websites that they can view from anywhere, including phones, wireless connections, laptops, and home computers. Users also want a graphically rich user experience with all the bells and whistles. Multimedia blends of video, images, feeds, and other components can be very slow indeed. Here at Yahoo! we spend a lot of time analyzing and improving the performance of our own sites. In honor of Super Tuesday, we thought it would be fun to take a poke at the Presidential Candidates web sites and share with you what we found.

    How did they do? Overall, atrociously, all the candidates failed the YSlow exam except Mike Gravel who earned a "D". Page weight was a problem for Barack Obama, whose site weighed in at almost 700Kb. It was even worse for Mitt Romney, whose site weighed a whopping 1,531Kb. I hope he doesn't have supporters trying to make contributions on dialup modems!

    Democrats

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  • If you're looking for a little weekend reading, we just wanted to let you know that we've lifted the veil on the MyBlogLog API documentation. No need to keep this stuff under wraps, especially when we're looking for your feedback!

    https://developer.yahoo.com/mybloglog

    If you like what you see, please sign up for the beta.

    There have been a number of interesting hacks which we're tracking over at:

    http://del.icio.us/mybloglog/api

    Let us know what you think!

    Ian Kennedy
    Product Manager, MyBlogLog

  • Today, we are launching the public beta of the much-anticipated Yahoo! OpenID Provider service. This means that users with a Yahoo! account - all 248 million of them - will be able to sign in to any website that supports OpenID 2.0, the latest version of the OpenID specification.

    In case you are curious, here are the key features of this release:

    • Usability - Users will not have to understand the technical details of OpenID simply to use the technology. Thanks to features introduced in the OpenID 2.0 specification, users will not have to type their OpenID URL while signing in to websites. They can simply type yahoo.com in the OpenID textbox or, if the Relying Party website provides it, click a button that takes them to Yahoo!. By not requiring users to understand the meaning of an OpenID URL, we hope that more users will be able to overcome the initial hurdles of using this new echnology. For those of you who want to set up a custom URL, we will provide a way to do so, including the
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  • OpenID expert Simon Willison shared some of his thoughts with Yahoo!'s Christian Heilmann on OpenID and the recent support by Yahoo!.

    Hello Simon, it is quite hard to search for OpenID without stumbling over your name. What is it about the topic that fascinates you most?

    It's really a combination of things. The first is that OpenID tackles a very real problem which affects everyone using the Web. The second is that it actually does very little - all OpenID really lets you do is "prove" that you own a specific URL, and everything else gets built on top of that one ability. Finally, I like that it's politically neutral - there have been plenty of other attempts at web- wide SSO that have failed because they relied on either a single organisation or a coalition, failing to respect the critical decentralised nature of the web.

    What exactly is the problem that OpenID solves and how does it do that?

    Fundamentally OpenID is about solving web-scale single sign-on. The number of sites which

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  • Chris Messina, Citizen-Participant & Open Source Advocate-at-Large, answered some questions from Yahoo!'s Christian Heilmann about OpenID and Yahoo!'s recent announcement.

    Hi there Chris! Your twitter network probably suffered the same fate as mine - being bombarded with tweets about OpenID. Care to share what the OpenID fascination is all about?

    I've been a believer for quite some time. Tara likes to say that when I see a parade, I jump in front of it. I wouldn't necessarily say that that happened in this case, but I certainly joined in walking alongside the project from very early on. I knew it was going to be big, I could just sense it.

    For one thing, the approach was an open source approach, and no one could really claim to own the whole thing, so that was a good thing.

    For another, there was a clear value in a protocol like OpenID as previously demonstrated by Passport. The major difference here was that the technology could be implemented in a distributed fashion, creating

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  • Yahoo! is launching the public beta of the much-anticipated Yahoo! OpenID Provider service. This means that users with a Yahoo! account – all 248 million of them – will be able to sign in to any website that supports OpenID 2.0, the latest version of the OpenID specification. Jeremy Zawodny sat down with Allen Tom from the Yahoo! Membership Platform team to talk a little about OpenID and give us a tour of Yahoo! OpenID:

  • At 24, Matt Mullenweg has done quite a bit. In 2005 he founded startup Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress.com, the blogging software that runs thousands of other sites around the world. We sat with Matt and talked a bit about his age, some PHP, and the cool things coming out of WordPress.

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  • Interested in taking your mashup to the next level? Toby Somerville has a tutorial on Sitepoint.com which shows how to use the Zend PHP Framework with the Flickr, Yahoo! News, and Audioscrobbler APIs to create an interesting mashup. The Zend Framework has built-in classes to handle many Yahoo! APIs. Like some other PHP frameworks, it offers up an MVC (Model - View - Controller) design approach which typically results in an application that is easier to extend and modify while still maintaining a clean, modular code structure. If performance is critical to your mashup, consider coding in the MVC style without using a dedicated framework package. Our own Rasmus Lerdorf has his take on a no-framework PHP MVC Framework.

    Jason Levitt

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  • Jeff Hammerbacher of Facebook gave a talk at Y! Brickhouse as part of the 2008 HackHouse talk series. You can watch that talk here:

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