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…

  • JavaScript Made Even Easier

    It's been a YUI kind of week here at the big Y featuring warm JavaScript snugglies for the entire developer community. On Tuesday, Yahoo's YUI team released three incredibly useful new controls, celebrated its one year birthday party, and then topped it off with the exciting hosting announcement.

    So, not only is the YUI library well-documented, BSD-licensed, fast, and feature-rich, but developers can now harness its full power with close to zero setup time. Yeah, that's right, we're hosting the YUI JavaScript source files, CSS files, and image files in our massive datacenters so that all developers have to do is include a small pile of links in their web pages and they're off. Did I mention that caching and GZIP compression are also used to make sure the YUI files are served as fast as possible? Sweeeeeeeeet.

    We know you're noticing because the YUI library has been averaging a thousand downloads a day for some time now and the developer documentation had about 1.5 million page

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  • New callback function in TagMaps

    When we released TagMaps / World Explorer last month, we also released an embeddable version that bloggers and developers around the world have put on their blogs and websites. You thought that was cool: but not cool enough. One key thing was missing from the embedded TagMaps - the ability for third party developers to customize interactions that respond to the tags selected by users. So, today, we are releasing an update to the embeddable TagMaps badge. Using the updated module, you can implement a JavaScript callback function on the page where you have embedded TagMaps. On that page, then, you can create any service you can think of that takes advantage of knowing what tag the user is interested in, and where in the world it is located.

    To demonstrate how this works, I?e created a quick mashup of neighborhoods in San Francisco derived from Craigslist. It looks like this:

    When the user hovers over a tag, the TagMaps badge calls the JavaScript function on the page which then

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  • Pipes: Suddenly, Everything Is Mashable

    When Tim O'Reilly calls something a milestone in the history of the Internet, I've found that it's often best to just go ahead and snitch the rest of his first paragraph:

    '[Pipes is] a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output. Yahoo! describes it as "an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator" that allows you to "create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant." While it's still a bit rough around the edges, it has enormous promise in turning the web into a programmable environment for everyone.'

    After a very interesting start--as it turns out a whole lot of folks wanted to try it out over that first weekend--Pipes is up and running strong. Here are a few pipes, mash-ups, and tutorials to get you started:

    Blog Buzz on Yahoo! Pipes

    Nice Pipes

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  • Book: Yahoo! Maps Mashups

    My new book "Yahoo! Maps Mashups" is in stores and started shipping this week. The 350 page book spends 5 distinct chapters on each maps API including Ajax, JavaScript-Flash and ActionScript-Flash. Already recognized as the most complete documentation available on the maps APIs, the first and only book on Yahoo! Maps features over 50 code samples, all of which are download-able at the book? companion site: www.mashupexperts.com.

    The book was written to be the most comprehensive manual to the popular maps APIs possible. From the industrial-grade Ajax API to the highly creative Flash APIs, most map classes and methods are explored and sampled. For the beginner, special focus is put on zooming, panning and adding markers, overlays and tools. The advanced Yahoo! Maps mashup developer will enjoy working with custom overlays, tools and markers, live traffic and Yahoo! Local data.

    As a testament to the incredible API offering from YDN (Yahoo! Developer Network), the book details one mashup

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  • You'll notice a nice new feature on the YDN web site here today: code search.

    We are partnering with a really cool startup called Krugle to offer this. The press release says it all:

    "The Yahoo! Developer Network can now take advantage of Krugle's code search engine and interface to allow developers working with Yahoo! APIs and data to find, save, and share code written in six languages: ActionScript, JavaScript, .NET, PHP, Python, and Ruby."

    Yes, this is the company that Robert Scoble was recently glowing about:

    "I keep hearing about Krugle from developers. They tell me it rocks for looking up stuff. Need shopping cart code? Search for it on Krugle."

    We agree. Wired also ran a piece on Krugle last year:

    "Krugle indexes programming code and documentation from open-source repositories like SourceForge and includes corporate sites for programmers like the Sun Developer Network. The index will cover around 100 million pages of what company founder Ken Krugler terms the "technical web"

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  • OurStory.com co-founder Chris Lunt, Chief Architect Tim Correia, and Senior Engineer Jerome Poichet talk about their extensive use of YUI as well as a host of Yahoo! APIs provided by the Yahoo! Developer Network in creating their product.

  • YUI Birthday Party!

    As seen over on the YUI blog:

    This month the YUI Library turns one year old. When we started last year I wrote that I was “thrilled to have you with us.” That’s never been truer than it is today. We owe an outstanding first year to you. Libraries aren’t achievements themselves — it’s what people do with them that’s exceptional. We love everything you’re doing, so we’re throwing a party to thank you, our amazing community.

    Join us Thursday, February 22nd, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, at Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, California. Visit Upcoming.org for details and to RSVP. 300 people max, so RSVP early!

    In short: food, beer, and music to celebrate a year of YUI. RSVP now.

    Jeremy Zawodny

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  • Yahoo! Our City: mega-mashup from Yahoo! India, with Hack Day roots

    GigaOM picked up the story of a project out of Yahoo! India called Our City. Boiling down the product to its essence, Om says, "Pretty easy to get a quick snapshot of what? happening in a city." It's certainly a great product but it has an equally great story behind it.

    Last April, I went to Bangalore to help run the first Yahoo! Hack Day there and it was an awesome experience. Bangalore Hack Day Judges I was one of the judges for the event (see photo), and I remember one hack that easily stood out. The hack was a local mega-mashup focused on Bangalore that included Flickr photos, del.icio.us links, Upcoming events, and content from many other sources. The team called the hack "Our City," and it went on to win the Best Overall Hack award at that inaugural Bangalore Hack Day.

    Sound familiar?

    Yes, Our City was born on Hack Day from the inspiration of a small team of hackers chasing an idea to fruition. Our City is now a Hack Day success story. After some polishing and refinement, Our City is now out in

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  • New Inlink Badge uses Site Explorer API

    Want to see how many links your site is getting from Yahoo! Search? Try out the new Site Explorer Badge, just pushed live today from Yahoo! Search. The Site Explorer badge queries the Inlink Data method of the Site Explorer API, wraps the result in a callback, and shows it inline on your site, without requiring any extra bandwidth from your server. The example code is short and sweet, and provides an excellent Hello World example for those who are just getting started in the wonderful world of badge design.

    Kent Brewster, Yahoo! Developer Network

  • Widgets Wrap-Up: “Surprisingly Unbiased Overview”

    New from the Yahoo! Widgets team: The Ever-Changing Widget Landscape. As noted by the inestimable Mr. Arrington, it's an unbiased, unblushing overview of the various widget (and widget-flavored) platforms out there, including Yahoo! Widgets, Apple's Dashboard Widgets, Microsoft's Vista Sidebar, and Google's Desktop Gadgets.

    Pointers from comments include Adobe's Apollo and AOL's Boxely, which looks to be a very nice combination of in-browser and on-desktop environments. It's always great to see those comments, both here and on other developer sites ... keep 'em coming!

    Kent Brewster, Yahoo! Developer Network

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