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…

  • On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will sponsor an Open Developer Day event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC, to promote collaboration between Web developers in the public and private sectors, in furtherance of FCC goals to further innovation in accessible technologies and foster citizen participation in open government.

    This will be a public, single-day event that prioritizes accessibility goals, though other Web solutions are also of interest. The event will feature guest engineers from the Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo!’s Accessibility team, and will have a component addressing the requirements and opportunities in the new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

    The event will run from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with registration between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. There will be no charge to participate. Any developer is welcome to participate, and is expected to bring his or her own laptop computer.

    The event follows the

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  • It is Tech Thursday and here are some links for you:

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  • Yahoo! Mail Beta technology update

    Today we're thrilled to launch Yahoo! Mail Beta. The site represents one of the most ambitious Web client technology efforts we've undertaken at Yahoo!. I'm happy to have the opportunity to give a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the tech behind it.

    First let me set the stage. When we set out to build Yahoo! Mail Beta a year ago, we decided that speed was the number-one feature and set a target of cutting the loading time and the time to interact with the Inbox in half. That priority was followed closely by applying a simpler, elegant, and decidedly more purple design that unifies the Web experience with the mobile and tablet products.

    Screenshot showing Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger with new beta featuresYMail-Beta-screenshot

    So how did we get there? I’ll review four main areas that went into Yahoo! Mail Beta with a focus on performance: The development of the Web client itself; the applications platform; the cloud platforms we are using; and finally, a couple of user-flow optimizations.

    Developing the Yahoo! Mail Beta

    One of the first things we started with was the

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  • We are pleased to announce the availability of new YQL tables for Yahoo! GeoPlanet.

    When we launched Yahoo! GeoPlanet two years ago, it was among the first web services to be supported by YQL, our web service that simplifies the way developers access and shape data available on the Internet. Earlier this year we added several new collections and resources to the web service, including GeoPlanet Concordance, which allows you to use place identifiers used by third-party data providers such as the FAA (airport codes), Geonames, and Wikipedia. We recently added YQL tables for these new features, along with documentation, to allow YQL developers to create even better location-based applications. Using YQL tables for Yahoo! GeoPlanet, a developer can get information about named places around the world and connect that information with other data in a single query. For example, you can get a list of countries in the world using the query:

    select * from geo.countries

    If you prefer to

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  • Editor's Note: We interviewed Boston-based TipTheWeb founders Dave Fogel and Eric Ferraiuolo by email for this Guest Post post.

    The PayPal X Developer Conference, Innovate 2010, runs tomorrow and Wednesday in San Francisco at Moscone West, and YDN will be there. Stop by and visit us on the show floor — we've got booth #G7. Don't miss technology evangelist, Jon LeBlanc, who'll be speaking on Wednesday at 1:00 pm in Room 2020 about enhancing payment tools and services with YQL.

    We're also excited to introduce Eric Ferraiuolo and Dave Fogel, creators of TipTheWeb, PayPal X Developer Challenge Yahoo! Award finalist. Dave and Eric will have a demo station at Innovate to show off their app. In the meantime, here's an introduction to TipTheWeb and the work they've done with YQL and YUI. We won't meet in person till tomorrow, so for now, we're sharing the conversation via email.
    Dave Folgel and Eric Ferraiuolo, TipTheWeb founderstipthewebfounders

    So, what is TipTheWeb?

    DF (Dave Fogel): TipTheWeb is a service that lets you directly support your favorite web

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  • YAP 2.4 is now live

    We are pleased to announce that version 2.4 of the Yahoo! Application Platform is now available. Much of the work in this release lays the groundwork for significant changes that will be rolling out across Yahoo! in the coming weeks.

    Extended Flash Support

    The yml:swf tag is now supported in the app small view and preview. Now you can provide a much richer experience in these views using Flash. Don’t’ forget to review the full list of supported tags for these views.

    Install Everywhere for Apps

    When an app is installed on the Yahoo! network, it will be available on all applicable areas across Yahoo! that support YAP apps. For example, if a user installs an app on MyYahoo!, they will also see the application on their Pulse | MyApps page. This means that users will no longer have to install your app everywhere that they want to use it.

    Yahoo! Pulse | Apps page for user, showing features Apps and user-selected Appspulse-apps

    There will be some exceptions, such as if some Yahoo! sites restrict the types of apps that can be used to a specific category (for example, sports

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  • My last post, How many users have JavaScript disabled?, got a fair amount of attention followed by several questions around both the methodology and the implications. The aim of this post is to provide additional details to help everyone better understand our results and how to use them.

    How were requests filtered?

    I talked a bit about our filtering of requests as the baseline for our investigation in my last post. As one of the most-visited sites in the world, Yahoo! has had to develop techniques for identifying traffic that doesn’t come from real users. For our investigation, we had the benefit of pre-filtered data based on what the Yahoo! network believes to be valid requests. For a lot of small companies, this is one of the toughest parts of analyzing traffic information. Our investigation benefited from the already-existing filters on the Yahoo! network, ensuring that we weren’t incorrectly counting requests as valid.

    The requests in our research are also split off from the total

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  • The Cloudstock organizers would like to cordially invite you to join us and 3,000 other developers at an upcoming, free, industry developer conference, on December 6 in San Francisco, CA.

    Cloudstock event logo showing 60's sunglasses with clouds and tech infocloudstock-fullWe call it “The Woodstock for Cloud Developers” as its purpose is to bring together leading cloud technology companies and their developer communities in an open and friendly forum.

    There will be over 40 technical sessions with topics that range from visionary to just-plain geeky. A key element of the event will be the Cloudstock Hackathon, where developers will try to out-wit each other building cloud apps. It would be fantastic to see cool hacks utilizing Yahoo’s services given Yahoo’s expansive set of developer APIs.

    Registration is completely free. Hop on over to register and we’ll see you there!

    Nick Tran, Director of Developer Programs, Salesforce.com

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  • HackNY impressions

    As students trickled in Saturday afternoon, October 9, at New York University (NYU), spirits were running high and there were plenty of smiles to go around. I was greeted by Evan Korth and Hilary Mason, two of the three organizers for HackNY (Chris Wiggins being the third). After a redeye flight next to two extremely drunk and boisterous women, I was pleased to be met by such friendly faces.

    Photos of 9 participants at Hack NYhackny-collage

    The chatter of technical jargon could be heard coming from all corners of the windowed corridor as we all prepared to hear from the startup sponsors and what technology they had to offer us hackers (technical swag). Yes, I do mean us — I’m no exception, I love free stuff. Whether it be API keys, increased rate limits, or more credits, anything that would make our jobs more fun and easy was welcome.

    Listening to the myriad of talks by the companies, you could see in the packed room an ocean of LCDs browsing and verifying the speakers words between flashes of Facebook pages and IRC clients. Minds

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