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…

  • Big Lights, Big Omaha

    As someone who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska (and talks about it to anyone I meet), I was excited to hear about the Big Omaha conference when it was announced at the end of last year. Omaha (as unfortunately not enough folks know) is a creative center in the Midwest in business, the arts, and music (among others). And that lack of knowledge about (and organization around) Omaha's creative output was the impetus behind this great event this past weekend.

    To this point, Omaha is home to many businesses/events well known outside of the Midwest corridor, including:

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  • You might have heard about the Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) by now. I know I've been banging on about it enough. As we say in Britain: it's the mutt's nuts. Get Web data but do it like calling a database. That's pretty sweet.

    With YQL Open Tables you can contribute back to YQL by sharing your own tables for web services you like. Currently we have almost 100 community Open Tables. You can see them in the YQL console by clicking the "Show Community Tables" link.

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  • Guest post by Greg Ferrell (@gregferrell)

    A couple weekends ago (April 24-25, 2009), I had the great fortune to attend JSConf2009, "The First Conference Just for JavaScript Developers". Chris Williams and his wife Laura, spent much of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 putting together one heck of a conference. I have been to a few conferences that were all middle management or salesmen trying to sell a product but JSConf2009 was refreshingly different. Most presenters were actual project developers or experts on the techniques they were showing.

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  • As the Open Hack London weekend fades into a Monday morning, the collaborative act of memory-making begins. Bloggers and journalists craft their stories. The real-time chatter on twitter trends slowly down, while pointers to blog posts, news stories, and archived content begin a quiet climb. *Real life* returns. Folks upload oodles of photos and video; travel home by plane and train, cab, car, and bike; catch up on countless hours of lost sleep; tune back in to their families and their day jobs, not to mention their personal hygiene.

    Among the hundreds of people who came from all corners of Europe, (as well as Africa, Asia, and the Americas) to attend Yahoo!'s Open Hack at London's Congress Centre this weekend, everyone will carry home with them a personal list of highlights. Unique moments of supreme happiness, unexpected triumph, darkest despair: Listening to pornophonique while coding. Tossing red and purple beanbags at setup time, nesting in a sea of beanbags, then spotting same

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  • Some weeks ago, my colleague, the amazing, globe-trotting Sophie Major, who heads up YDN International, asked me to do a post about hack days at Yahoo!. We wanted to share some thoughts about the concept of an "Open Hack" event as tool for collaborative web development, and to raise awareness of London Open Hack 2009, a Yahoo! hack day weekend that takes place tomorrow and runs through Sunday. You may have seen our our Open Hack mascots. They've been spotted now on several continents:

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    Photo credit: Jinho.Jung on flickr

    Today, here I am, a jetlagged, wide-eyed Yankee in London, ready to experience Open Hack London 2009, writing a blogpost that's long overdue. Honestly, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend Mother's Day weekend. I'll be covering the scene, watching hackers present "appropriate applications of ingenuity" -- feats of coding that happen over a 24-hour period, often accompanied by vast quantities of pizza and beer, followed by snacks and caffeinated beverages (or sometimes sausage and mash). Developers from the UK and beyond will come to Congress Centre, Covent Garden, to explore Yahoo!'s tools and open platforms.

    Day 1 consists of talks and sessions, followed by entertainment and a marathon night of coding. Coders will be able to spend time with the Yahoo! developers who wrote the APIs, libraries, SDKs, and services that can serve as the building blocks for their interesting applications -- clever things that are built to scratch an itch, test an idea, steal attention, impress the judges (and the audience). On Sunday, Day 2, hackers will have a chance to present their handiwork. I can't wait to see what's created and what happens along the way.

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  • Photo Credit: tv42

    The sun, the surf and of course the barcamps - LA has it all. This was BarCamp #2 for me and I enjoyed every minute. The best part of these events is that most people love them - they love the environment, interacting with real developers who take great pride in everything that they do. Surrounding yourself with people who enjoy barcamps is truly a great experience.

    To make things easier for BarCamp-ites, ungrid.org (brought to us by Digisynd) took photos of the conference grid and put them online, allowing viewers to see what's coming up without having to go back to the board. The grid was close at hand for those of us with iphones (no not me - other cooler people), the grid area was still the central hub for the conference, spawning the most unlikely of talks from discussions on whether zombism stems from bacterial or viral infections to gathering more players to play Magic (yeah - I didn't realize people still played that either). Alright...enough with the

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  • Guest blogpost by Brian LeRoux (@brianleroux, Nitobi Software)

    Such a fantastic conference is hard to bottle up into text and static images. To get a real sense you had to be there, however, in lieu of time travel, I invite you to grab a cold brew, spicy empanada and start trolling through the blog posts, slides on Slideshare and various imagery available on Flickr.

    I am one of the PhoneGap guys from Nitobi software so it wouldn't be fair to give all the love to PhoneGap. (Though PhoneGap is awesome and everyone loves the mobile web.) I am also a Canadian and as such I love hockey. It's not a stereotype, in fact, it's essential for our national identity. Part of the hockey tradition is to name the three stars of the game. Here's my three stars:

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  • Bangalore, the city with probably the largest concentration of software developers in the world, played host to the Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS). The summit was held over four days from April 22 to April 25, at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and drew close to 3500 developers.

    Great Indian Developer Summit Sign on Flickr

    Welcome to the Great Indian Developer Summit - Photo by Donald Belcham

    Yahoo! was involved in GIDS in a number of ways. As the official Hack sponsor, we organized HackLite, a lightweight hacking event where coding happened behind the scenes and then demoed at the venue. 'HackLite', modeled around the popular ?Open Hack Day? concept, provided an opportunity for developers to build applications and widgets using Yahoo!'s Open APIs (like Blueprint, BOSS, YQL, Maps, Flickr).

    We also lined up tech talks for all the developers who visited the Yahoo! Developer Network lounge. At the heavily attended technical talks track at GIDS, we spoke about Yahoo!'s Open Platforms, focusing on Blueprint

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  • For anyone using OpenID, we wanted to let you know that on the morning of May 5th, the Yahoo! OpenID service experienced a partial outage that affected users and some of our OpenID Relying Parties. We learned about the outage through our YOpenID Twitter channel. Folks affected by the outage were unable to make HTTPS connections to the OpenID service, preventing users from signing in with their Yahoo! OpenID. We were able to restore service by 11am PDT.

    In the spirit of openness and transparency, we wanted to let you know about the problem and thank those those who tweeted about it. The Yahoo! OpenID team takes uptime and site reliability very seriously, and we're adding additional monitoring to ensure that this type of outage does not happen again.

    Thanks for using OpenID!

    Allen Tom
    Architect, Yahoo! Membership

  • Vertical search engines are emerging every day, as people look for information that was otherwise hidden in the enormous indexes of Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, and other generic search engines. You can find search engines devoted to food, cars, people, environmentalism, and much more. Many of today's vertical search engines are pushing beyond the repackaging of existing search results and creating enhanced, better results by focusing on their core audience.

    I recently spoke at the www2009 conference in Madrid, Spain about this topic. The complete slides, The Future of Vertical Search Engines, can be found on slideshare.net.

    The Past, Present, and Future of Building a Search Engine

    Search engine construction has evolved from the early days of building from scratch to today's plethora of data APIs that make tomorrow's vertical search engines more powerful and easier to build.

    Past

    • Huge expenses to build the index, find the data, maintain the
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