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 Wednesday, the 29th of April 2009, we hosted a developer evening in the co-working space La Cantine in Paris, France. Around 50 developers followed our invite and came around to hear all about the Yahoo offerings for developers.

    Impressions of the developer evening at La Cantine in Paris

    We've been in Paris before, hosting targeted developer evenings on SearchMonkey and BOSS. This time we wanted to give a broader overview and introduce the audience to seven things we do for developers:

    • We provide a great online experience.
    • We share the data that drives this experience.
    • We share the research we?ve done to make it a smooth experience.
    • We provide building blocks to build your own great experience.
    • We provide tools to improve your products.
    • We offer amazingly easy interfaces to the web.
    • We offer our search index to tailor to vertical markets.

    The slides are available on Slideshare and you can download the PDF versions in case you want to read them offline:

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  • Editor's note: This is a guest post from Dawn M. Foster, a consultant, community manager, event organizer, blogger, podcaster, technology enthusiast, and business professional in Portland, OR. Dawn provides consulting services for companies wanting to engage with online communities and has more than 13 years of experience in business and technology.

    I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to monitoring what people are saying and filtering it to find the most relevant information. My tool of choice for this activity is Yahoo Pipes.

    I use Yahoo Pipes for my many projects and build Pipes for my clients to help find what people are saying about us, our industry, our competitors, and more, through smart filtering of blogs, news sources, Twitter, and other online sites. This approach has a number of uses both for businesses and individuals:

    • Become more responsive by knowing when and where people are talking about you, your company and your products -- on blogs and Twitter.
    • Use what people are
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  • Museums, open data, and YQL

    There is nothing more exciting for a data and web junkie with a message of data distribution, social media, and sharing on the web than reaching out to new audiences. On Tuesday, the 28th of April I was fortunate enough to do exactly that. I was invited to come to the National Maritime Museum in London, England to talk to representatives of several museums about data distribution, YQL, and open tables.

    The whole thing was initiated by Jim O'Donnell who had spent quite some time with YQL and the museum data.

    In my talk Reaching those web folk [PDF, 6.2mb] I covered the switch from seeing web sites as end points to seeing open data as an opportunity to reach many more users. By making your data available, you turn any visitor from a receiver to a re-broadcaster, who can distribute your information to their friends, contacts, and channels you are not even aware of.

    You can download the audio recording of the talk,

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  • YQL Execute: Screencast

    The Yahoo! Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web. YQL treats the entire web as a source of table data, enabling developers to select * from Internet.

    A few months ago, we launched Open Data Tables publicly for anyone to use to make data YQL-accessible, and there are seventy-some tables contributed to the community repository on github to date.

    With this latest release, the YQL team has taken the Open Data Table capabilities to the next level by adding a new element - Execute. The Execute element can contain arbitrary developer code that the YQL data engine runs during the processing of a YQL statement.

    Watch the screencast for an in-depth look at how you can use YQL Execute to create your next killer app or web product:



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  • The Yahoo! Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web. Using our YQL web service, apps run faster with fewer lines of code and a smaller network footprint. YQL uses a SQL-like language because it is a familiar and intuitive method for developers to access data. YQL treats the entire web as a source of table data, enabling developers to select * from Internet.

    Earlier this year we released Open Data Tables publicly for anyone to use to make data YQL-accessible, and today, as I write, there are seventy-some tables contributed to the community repository on github.

    Today, the YQL team has taken the Open Data Table capabilities to the next level by adding a new element to the definition - Execute. The Execute element can contain arbitrary developer code that the YQL data engine runs during the processing of a YQL statement.

    With Execute, developers now have full control of how the data is fetched into YQL and how it?s presented

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  • YSlow Release

    One of the most frequent complaints I hear about YSlow grades is, "Some of these performance rules do not apply for my website." Most web developers want to evaluate site performance according to their own specific design and content criteria. For example: Not all sites use content delivery networks (CDNs). With the latest release of YSlow, it becomes really easy for web developers to configure their own rule sets and get relevant grades for their pages. We've also incorporated nine new rules, in addition to the previous thirteen. The ability to create your own rule set for performance testing is a next step towards opening up YSlow for developers to create and share their own rules.

    Improving page performance sometimes involves reducing page weight. Images are one of the biggest contributors to page weight for most sites. Our performance rules talk about optimizing images to improve performance. Most often, in-depth knowledge of tools like Photoshop and other design tools is

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  • All of us know how painful it is to wait ? waiting in a line, waiting for a table, or waiting for a web page to load? If a business makes its customers wait too long, the customers will often leave and take their business elsewhere.

    In our research at Yahoo!, we have found that Web Performance matters a great deal. Fast websites can make the online experience more effective, more enjoyable, and provide a competitive edge. If a web site is perceived as slow, users will often switch to a faster website.

    In this screencast, we show you the benefits of the latest release of YSlow that introduces 9 new performance rules and Smush.it, a new tool that optimizes images by smushing them down to a reasonable size.



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  • I'm writing this at 30,000 feet, I have jet lag, and I'm worn out; but JSConf was worth it! If you don't believe me you should check out twitter on the subject. I don't think I've ever seen a community so excited by a conference, and rightly so.

    Tech conferences can be such grand affairs, with thousands of attendees. JSConf squeaked in at a mere 150. There were representatives of every major JavaScript framework (except one, you know who you are). The JavaScript community doesn't get together often, but when it does, it's incredibly fun. The 2 days in DC were so chock full of conversation and presentations, the only complaint people had was that they couldn't be in all of them.

    JS Conf Crowd shot on Flickr

    JSConf was like a who's-who of JavaScript practitioners - Photo by @voodootikigod

    At many conferences, the crowd can be very mixed. It wasn't that JSConf wasn't diverse (I saw everyone from sys-admins to designers), but the focus was very clearly on JavaScript. The talks didn't beat around the bush, it was all

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  • SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations and documents. With over 1,000,000 presentations online, Slideshare recently took the step to go mobile. In March, they launched their new mobile platform built on Yahoo! Blueprint. We spoke with Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha and CTO Jon Boutelle about the implementation:



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    The SlideShare team is based in San Francisco, (California, USA) & New Delhi (India). We are passionate about creating compelling web experiences and think that small teams with fire in their eyes can do big things.

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  • Web developers now have the ability to store large amounts of persistent data on the client-side, way beyond the 4K limit of cookies. Options include HTML 5 Storage, Gears, Dojo Storage, and more. Brad Neuberg talks about the latest ways to achieve browser-based client-side storage and how it can help you make better web apps:



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