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…

  • I recently interviewed web designer Justin Shearer (@justinsane98), Senior Web Designer at VC3 (@VC3inc). Justin described himself in the third person — which is a little creepy — but here it is: "Justin began designing for the web over a decade ago in Columbia, South Carolina. He started a small design firm that was eventually gobbled up by another startup once he realized that he should stick to design and leave business matters to others. He is currently the senior web designer at VC3 where he tries to be innovative and to create new functionality that clients and users don't even know they want yet! He is a designer by trade and a geek at heart who is fascinated by code, disturbed by Comic Sans, and loathes IE6 on a daily basis. He has a pet 'jaguar,' drives a Jeep that is probably older than you, and, oh yeah... he got the girl too!"

    You wrote a jQuery plugin for YQL, how hard was that?
    Actually this was my first jQuery plugin. After I wrote a couple of YQL widgets in just

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  • Yesterday marked the end of my tenure as curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern library, a role I held for more than three years, longer than any of my predecessors. Speaking of which, let me take a moment to thank the following people:

    • Erin Malone, who envisioned the library, championed it, and brought into being
    • Chanel Wheeler, who built the core infrastructure in Drupal for the first-gen library
    • Matt Leacock, the first curator, who established the processes and set very high standards for pattern shepherding
    • Bill Scott, my immediate predecessor as curator, who brought the library to YDN (and hence to the public) and produced the influential set of rich interaction patterns that established the library’s reputation

    When I started in January of 2007, the library had gone for a few months without active curation. A lot of the processes used to generate and publish patterns had gotten rusty. I did what I could to reform these processes based on what worked and what didn’t, and spent a

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  • As I write this, there's a deafeningly massive propeller spinning at an ungodly rate not five feet from my head, literally. I'm sitting in the front row of a prop plane on the hour-long flight back to Montreal from BarCamp Boston 5. Nausea-inducing Bombardier Dash 8 notwithstanding, the trip was totally worth it.

    BarCamp Boston schedule board

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the university whose name is synonymous with legend, the place where the Apollo guidance computer was hand-built, the academic institution that instantly says "this guy is brilliant" of all its alumni, lent its brick and mortar to a couple hundred enthusiastic geeks for two days of hardcore unconferencing--thank you, MIT! BarCamps, as you may well know, require that all attendees also participate by presenting at the conference. I therefore gave a couple presentations on a subject of particular interest to me, YUI 3. On the first day, I spoke on the new YUI 3 Gallery, a community-contributed collection of YUI 3 modules.


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  • On April 14 and 15, Funkas Tillgänglighetsdagar 2010 (Funka Accessibility Days) took place in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Accessibility and anti-discrimination laws were discussed from European and national perspectives. Yahoo! was invited to provide a review of the progress of web accessibility, its actual status, and its future horizon. As Yahoo! Accessibility Evangelist, I led this time travel of web accessibility — not only by surprising the audience with some unusual examples of accessibility, but also with insights on general increased accessibility as well.

    In the last ten years, we learned how to make Web pages accessible. But Web pages have changed dramatically since then. They have become fully interactive applications with a lot of new models of interaction. Additionally, the Web has become our all-day companion — including for persons with disabilities.

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  • The Oscars show on Sunday, March 7, was a big night for Yahoo!. As millions of people worldwide turned to Yahoo! for detailed coverage of the event, Yahoo!’s social features allowed visitors to join the discussion around breaking news of the awards by reading and posting comments.

    Though not in the limelight like this year’s blockbuster Avatar movie, Yahoo! Avatars worked behind the scenes to make Oscar night entertaining for tens of millions of online viewers – and to do so, it made extensive use of the Yahoo! cloud. Yahoo! Avatars are used by tens of millions of Yahoo! users to represent their online identity when they interact through the social features built into Yahoo! properties.

    Yahoo! Avatars migrated to Yahoo!’s unstructured storage cloud, MObStor, last year, in order to leverage the power of the cloud to scale seamlessly and handle peak traffic on Oscar night (over ten times our average property traffic).

    Traffic Graphic


    Scaling traffic for user-generated content (e.g., Avatars) is a

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  • XAuth, OAuth, and Yahoo! OpenID


    xAuth Logo More and more websites are integrating with third-party services, including logging in and content sharing. Users who log in with existing accounts are far more valuable than users who register new accounts. And that's where XAuth (eXtended Authentication) comes in.

    Unlike newly registered accounts, existing third-party accounts have rich profile data and services capable of driving tremendous referral traffic back to the originating website. For example, sites that accept Yahoo! OpenID can get the user's name, email address, and profile picture. When combined with the Yahoo! Updates service, Yahoo! OpenID users can share their activities on websites with their contacts on Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger. The days of having to register a new account, remember a new password, fill out a profile, and find your friends — just to use a new website — are quickly coming to an end.

    Services like Echo and JanRain RPX are having tremendous success accepting third-party logins. Yahoo! is

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  • The Yahoo! Music API and YQL

    There are many different service pages on the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN), like Updates, Placemaker, and Flickr. These pages outline our developer offerings and provide instruction on how to use our web services. While it's not uncommon for YDN to make changes to these pages, we don't normally blog about it. However, recently we did something a little bit different — and something that signals where we're heading with YDN this year.

    Last week, we pushed changes to the service page for our popular Music API. On the new version of the page, we show how to use Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) to access music data. You've been able to access data via YQL for a while, but we are now strongly recommending to developers that YQL is the best way to use this API.

    The main advantage of this YQL-based approach is easily demonstrated on the new page. In the past, we suggested reading the documentation first to gain an understanding of the API, before signing up for an API key. It was only then that

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  • BarCamp Harrisburg


    Harrisburg University
    On April 10th I had a chance to make it out to BarCamp Harrisburg 2 in Pennsylvania. This one was hosted in the illustrious Harrisburg University building and had some great state-of-the-art equipment for all of our geeking needs.

    A few of the sessions

    There were some excellent sessions at the BarCamp — covering everything from social media to exercising via gaming.

    Kris Walker gave us a nice talk on rapid application development with your browser. We looked into the differences between building for closed platforms vs. building for browsers, and how browser-based applications are such a rich medium for standards development. Taking a brief exploration into HTML 5 and the new ECMAScript standard, we broke down into a discussion group talking about the merits of Flash vs. the HTML 5 video tag.

    Following that, we went further on the HTML 5 track where Rich Hauck held a discussion group on what is coming up in HTML 5. Taking points from developers, designers, managers, and marketers,

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  • Yahoo! is the Innovation Partner at the Great Indian Developer Summit 2010 (GIDS 2010) on April 20-23, 2010, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. GIDS is where India's software-developer ecosystem gains exposure to and evaluates new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software, and standards.

    Yahoo! session

    Nishad Kamat, senior director of Engineering at Yahoo! Bangalore, is presenting a session on the Longevity of Scalable Systems on April 21 at 12:20 p.m. This session is an overview of how an engineer can prepare to build long-term scalable systems in fast-moving markets.

    Expo-Showcase booth

    Yahoo! will have its Expo-Showcase technical booth set up at the venue. We will be showcasing our technologies/products at the booth. It’s a great opportunity to interact with Yahoo’s industry experts and visit the many technical booths of other companies at the conference.

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  • 2010 UCSD HackU wrap-up

    The Hack U season concluded with a great week at the University of California, San Diego UCSD. Special thanks to Cody Noghera, Deputy Director of Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), and Erica Kosa, for helping organize the hack. Also to Gert Lanckreit, of "herd it" fame, Professor Rick Ord, and Gary Gillespie for being guest judges.

    Hackers slap the "hack like a champion" sign in the CSE building at the start of the 24 challenge.

    Credit: Eric Wu (YDN)

    During the week, the HackU team — Douglas Crockford, Jamie Lockwood, Aaron Wheeler, Eric Wu, and I — presented talks on how to hack, general web technology, rapid prototyping, YQL, and the good parts of JavaScript.

    The 24-hour hack session ran Thursday and Friday. Here are the results from the competition, with descriptions of the hacks submitted.

    The winners

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