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…

  • Last week the experts of the domain business met in Toronto, Canada for the second annual Domain Convergence, a conference for domain specialists. I was one of the invited speakers and was asked to talk about web development with APIs and the social web.

    This was an interesting task for me as I don't know anything at all about "domaining." In essence, "domainers" are the real estate traders of the web. They set up, buy, trade, and develop domains. They make money either by advertising on parked or semi-developed domain-holding pages or - as the end goal - by selling them to companies who will use them.

    As the main goal of domain holding is to get people to click ads, my task was not easy. My idea of the web is exactly the opposite, which is why I throw all my output on the web for free so that people can do something useful with it.

    However, as I thrive on a challenge like this, I tried my very best to explain the idea of the social web and a web of data in my presentation. The

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  • Several months ago, I received a tweet from a follower, Shari Weiss, asking me to come speak to her class. A few days later, I visited San Francisco State University for the first time to share the story of how I went from parenthood to running a cloth diaper startup and how that unlikely trail led me to my role at the Yahoo! Developer Network, where I'm the community manager.

    Recently, I was invited to speak again at SFSU and had an opportunity to address another semester’s PR class. Shari’s class is definitely focused on PR, but deals specifically with the shifting sands we’re seeing as social media intersects with traditional public relations practices. New PR, as I see it, means messaging both proactively and reactively, and doing it quickly, where people hang out, and in as transparent a way as possible.

    While my visit was really to share my own funky story, I stuck around to view a few of the class’s presentations. Shari had her class go over several social sites, strategies,

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  • We caught up with Chicago-based Alex Bratton, CEO of Lextech and Lextech Labs, while he was in Sunnyvale for iPhoneDevCamp at the start of the month.

    Lextech's mobile video technology provided live-streaming for the event, via the new HTTP Live Streaming found in the iPhone OS 3.0. Video streams of the iPhoneDevCamp keynotes and other highlights, including presentations by Twittelator's Andrew Stone, and Kleiner Perkins's Chi-Hua Chien are archived for viewing via iPhone OS 3 video, along with the hackathon presentations and awards ceremony.

    Watch Bratton discuss how his company is developing next-gen mobile video surveillance technology and designing high-end data-sharing apps for mobile users.

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  • Last week I went to Frankfurt, Germany, to speak to the budding developer scene there at a DevDusk brunch and at the Webmontag.

    Webmontag Frankfurt

    The brunch was an informal meeting where originally we planned to start a German translation of myDeveloper Evangelism Handbook, but got distracted by food and drink, and instead only chatted about web development in general. One thing I managed to do was introduce the Germans to the fun of Spotify, GitHub and Bespin.

    Webmontag was more defined but still a nice and short developer evening. Normally Webmontag presentations are limited to 15 minutes, but since I'd flown over from California for the event, my slot was extended to half an hour.

    My presentation dealt with the change in web design that instead of building for the web we should start building with the web. By distributing our content across the web and bringing it back to one location, we automatically start bringing our brand and ideas to the web without having to spend a lot of money on SEO and

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  • The Apache site describes Pig as ”... a platform for analyzing large data sets that consists of a high-level language for expressing data analysis programs, coupled with infrastructure for evaluating these programs. The salient property of Pig programs is that their structure is amenable to substantial parallelization, which in turns enables them to handle very large data sets.”

    Yahoo! Research developed Pig to facilitate programming in Hadoop. As quoted in The Register, Doug Cutting describes Pig as “SQL for MapReduce.”

    In this video, Alan Gates from Yahoo!’s Grid team describes what Pig is, why you should use it, what you can do with it, and future plans for the Pig project.

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  • Dev Spotlight: Small Society

    Small Society is Portland, Oregon agency that provides iPhone Strategy & Product Development services. They are responsible for a diverse range of prominent iPhone apps: the Obama app, Whole Foods, Zipcar and more. We had a chance to learn more about Small Society's work on the iPhone platform from its president and founder, Raven Zachary:

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  • YDN Tuesday: Code Generation

    Every first Tuesday of the month is YDN Tuesday in London, a series in which Yahoo! engineers like me give free tech talks in partnership with open source training organisation Skills Matter. (I'm a front-end engineer for Yahoo! Europe based in London.) This time the topic was code generation, a technique that can increase developer productivity, morale, and code quality, among other things.

    About 30 people came to hear my talk, which covered:

    • Why one might choose to generate code
    • The different techniques by which code might be generated
    • Tools to use when generating code
    • How to get your team to adopt code generation

    The slides of my talk are available on Slideshare:

    The notes are available here. Skills Matter also filmed the talk - the video is available on their website.

    The next YDN Tuesday is Neil Crosby on Rapid Prototyping and Data Munging with Yahoo! Pipes on 1st September. See you there!

    Steve Marshall
    Web Developer, Yahoo! Europe

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  • Hive is open-source data warehouse infrastructure built on top of Hadoop, started at Facebook. In this talk, Namit Jain and Zheng Shao discuss how and why Facebook uses Hive. They present Hive's progress and roadmap and describe how the open source community can contribute to the evolution of Hive.

    Hive is a system for managing and querying structured data built on top of Hadoop: it uses MapReduce for execution, HDFS for storage, and adds metadata on raw files.

    Advanced data warehousing is a *huge* priority for Facebook -- in March 2008 the service was generating about 1TB per day in March 2008; in mid-2009, data production had increased to 10TB per day.

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  • A few weeks ago a report by Morgan Stanley caused quite a stir in the media as it portrayed teenagers as pretty much uninterested in social media and actually media in general.

    Rewired State, an event group dealing with government data and ethical hacking, now wants to show the world that not all is lost with today's youth. They've organised the Young Rewired State event in London, England on the 22nd of August.

    For two days, young hackers ages 15-18 years will have access to government datasets to build something that makes this data more informative, interesting or generally makes us see what potential there is in teen hackers.

    I will try to go as one of the mentors -- to show how easy it is these days to build data mashups when you use systems like YQL, YUI, add geo location awareness with Placemaker and use Google's excellent Visualization API to make data easier to understand.

    Here's the official information from Rewired State:


    Hack the Government, 22-23

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  • Yesterday, I noticed several tweets on my Twitter stream referencing an article from Infoworld titled Tech meccas: The 12 holy sites of IT. After reading the article, it occurred to me this would be an easy proof of concept for GeoMaker, a handy little application created by YDN developer evangelist, Chris Heilmann. GeoMaker makes it a breeze to convert websites and texts into maps and geo microformats, even if, like me, you're not a developer. It's built with Yahoo! Geo Technologies' recently released Placemaker service.

    When I plugged the article URL into GeoMaker, I had to edit away many placenames that were extracted from sidebar ads and job listings on the Infoworld website. Instead, I used the print-friendly version of article to copy and paste the full text, minus the noise. You can see the map GeoMaker made for me below.

    Now, maybe someone can show me how to pull Creative Commons-licensed photos from Flickr for those specific tech tourist landmarks and embed them as well. Or

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