Hack Day hacker Leah Culver demonstrates how her Flickr Postcard hack works using the Yahoo! Mail Web Service.
At Yahoo!, we pride ourselves on helping people around the world (over 500 million of them!) connect and communicate with each other using the vast array of communications platforms we offer. Of those platforms, the most popular is Yahoo! Mail, with nearly 250 million users worldwide, making Yahoo! Mail the #1 email provider in the world. I've had a Yahoo! Mail account for years, and for me, Yahoo! Mail passes the proverbial "mom test" -- my mother is a loyal Yahoo! Mail user. Chances are that you use Yahoo! Mail to communicate with someone you care about, and we're proud that Yahoo! Mail continues to be integral to so many lives.
While we are certainly proud of the success of Yahoo! Mail, today we are announcing how we are going beyond the boundaries of the Yahoo! network and enabling developers to build new tools or applications around Yahoo! Mail. We are thrilled to announce the open availability of the Yahoo! Mail Web Service, web service for Yahoo! Mail (accessible via SOAP orRead More »from Introducing the Yahoo! Mail Web Service
- Steve Souders | YDN Blog – Tue, Mar 20, 2007 12:16 PM EDT
In 2004, I started the Exceptional Performance group at Yahoo!. We're a small team chartered to measure and improve the performance of Yahoo!'s products. Having worked as a back-end engineer most of my career, I approached this as I would a code optimization project - I profiled web performance to identify where there was the greatest opportunity for improvement. Since our goal is to improve the end-user experience, I measured response times in a browser over various bandwidth speeds. What I saw is illustrated in the following chart showing HTTP traffic for http://www.yahoo.com.
In the figure above, the first bar, labeled "html", is the initial request for the HTML document. In this case, only 5% of the end-user response time is spent fetching the HTML document. This result holds true for almost all web sites. In sampling the top ten U.S. websites, all but one spend less than 20% of the total response time getting the HTML document. The other 80+% of the time is spent dealing withRead More »from High Performance Web Sites: The Importance of Front-End Performance
Pasha Sadri and Ed Ho gave YDN a complete walk-through of Pipes. Ed first showed us how to create a Pipe and shared some examples of clever ways to use it. Pasha then explained some of the thinking behind Pipes and how it was conceived.
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The demo is also available on Yahoo! Video here.Read More »from A demo of Pipes with Pasha and Ed
This event brought together at Yahoo! Mike Shaver from Mozilla, Chris Wilson from Microsoft's IE team, CTO Håkon Lie from Opera, and moderator Douglas Crockford from Yahoo! to talk about the current state of the browser landscape.
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The Yahoo! Search SDK gets a minor facelift today with several improvements. A ColdFusion example is now included as well as ActionScript 3 and Flex examples for Flash developers, and an overhauled Python library. All web service calls now use the yahooapis.com domain since the old web service domain will eventually be turned off. Props to all our SDK authors including newcomers Raymond Camden, for the ColdFusion example, and one of our own pro Flash developers, Alaric Cole, for the new Flex and ActionScript 3 content. You can download the new SDK here.
[Update 2:30pm PST: we accidently posted a slightly different package structure for the ActionScript 3 and Flex examples than originally intended. We have now corrected that and re-posted the SDK as version 2.11 ]
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The YDN team just added UED veteran Micah Laaker to the roster. He is now leading our user experience design efforts and brings with him some really interesting and valuable experience, not to mention a unique and comedic view on life and the Internet.
One of Micah's areas of focus is user identity. In fact, you may recognize Micah's name from the ACLU Pizza video that flew across the blogosphere in 2004. His own identity appears in many forms out there including some interesting recent listening beHavi Hoffmanor which, at the time of posting this, includes Whitesnake, Too $hort and Roxy Music. Hmmm, feeling nostalgic?
A little background...
Micah joined Yahoo! near the end of 2004. He has worked on My Yahoo! and the cross-network Personalization Platform team. His teams released upgrades to the RSS subscription mechanisms on My Yahoo!, News, and Mail; a persistent location experience; a network-wide Recent Activity component; RSS recommendations and alerts; and publisher toolsRead More »from Micah Laaker joins the YDN team
We were able to bring actual rock stars (Beck!) to Yahoo! for last year's Yahoo! Hack Day, and now we're looking for rock stars like you. Whether you are passionate about exposing web service APIs at massive scale on top of one of the world's largest Internet platforms at the Yahoo! Developer Network or building distributed social networks at MyBlogLog, we have something for you. Here is what we are looking for:
- PHP/MySQL commandos (extra points if your heart skips a beat at the thought of crunching data)
- Technology evangelists who love to code and inspire others to build amazing applications and services on the Yahoo! platform
- Interaction designers with a passion for applying user-centered design processes to create industry-leading user experiences for developers
- Developer-focused product managers in love with shipping
Fit any of those descriptions? Send in your resume and let us know where you fit. If there's aRead More »from We’re hiring!