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 Tuesday 7th April, we held our third monthly "YDN Tuesday" technical talk event in London, this time with me (Neil Crosby) talking about Automated Frontend Testing. We run YDN Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of every month, and you can find out about (and sign up for) future talks by keeping an eye on Upcoming.

    One of the things I'm tasked with at Yahoo! is making sure the frontend code we put into production is of a high quality. So, for the last few months I've been looking hard at implementing tools that can help to check for issues with our code where we deviate from our internal standards. And that's what I talked about last night...

    Coming soon! The vodcast on SkillsMatter's website

    As I mention in the talk, the Test Suite I've been writing is available on GitHub under a Creative Commons Attribution- Sharealike licence. So, you're able to grab it and make use of it (and contribute any improvements back into the project as well).

    I'm going to be writing a lot more about

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  • And no, we're not referring just to the cloudy weather in the Netherlands, nor to the aftermath of a night on the town in Amsterdam. From March 23-27, Amsterdam was host to this year?s ApacheCon EU, the Apache Software Foundation conference where ASF Members and committers, innovators, developers, vendors, and users get together to discuss about the future of Open Source development and the various Apache projects.

    It was a really packed week with top-level talks from the representatives of different ASF projects. The topics ranged from use cases for the Apache license as business model, to deep-dive technical talks on Apache Solr or Map-Reduce optimizations in Hadoop. And speaking of Hadoop -- Yahoo! was well-represented as a main contributor, and alongside our colleagues from Cloudera in the ?Big Data? track.

    Yahoo Hadoop team at Apachecon EU

    This conference also marked the 10 year anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation (you can read the whole story on their website). Lars Eilebrecht (Apache Foundation

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  • A week of events in Israel


    Yahoos were involved in several events this past week in Israel: the Kinnernet conference, TheMarker Com.Vention, and talks at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

    Here are some facts about Israel and its technology sector I've learned over the past few days: it's second only to the United States in total amount of venture capital funding; second only to Canada in number of non-U.S. companies traded on NASDAQ, and has the highest concentration of PhDs per capita in the world. (From a presentation by the Israeli Venture Association.) All this from a country with a population of only 7.3M, that's been in existence for just 60 short years. Before I proceed to describe the events in more detail, I must mention our Israeli partners LabPixies, Gigya, and KonoLive, who are doing incredible work with the Yahoo! Application Platform.

    I've heard Kinnernet described as an Israeli Foo Camp, a reference to the invite-only conference hosted

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  • Inside ETech: txteagle

    Since it launched in 2008, txteagle has been "empowering the largest mobile workforce on Earth," one text-message at a time. txteagle is a service that enables people to earn money through simple tasks they complete via text message. For the over 2 billion literate, mobile phone subscribers in the developing world (many of whom live on less than $5 a day), txteagle is creating a revolutionary new way to make supplemental income.

    txteagle founder, Nathan Eagle, spoke to a captive audience at ETech a few weeks ago, and we were lucky enough to be there. After his presentation he met with us to share how the developer community can help create additional income streams for the developing world by suggesting text-based tasks:

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  • Ever wonder what people are saying right now about your company, brand, service, product, etc? Inspired by a recent internal Yahoo! hack, Sideline, is a Twitter app that lets you monitor and search what people are saying about your product in real time. This desktop app allows for the creation, grouping, and auto-execution of advanced search queries against Twitter.

    Built on Adobe Air, Sideline can run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems, minimizing the amount of platform specific code that must be written. Oh, and it's open source.

    Yahoo! front-end engineer and Sideline creator, Chad Auld, provides us with some of the rationale and logic that went into building the app:

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  • API limitation can be a real annoyance for developers. You have to cache your requests and constantly make sure that your application does not exceed the access limit. Most notorious for this is Twitter and to make it easier for developers they've created a very nifty rate limit status API.

    Now, as a lot of users on our message boards and mailing lists keep asking about the access limitations for our APIs and they do vary to a small degree we decided today to make the process much easier.

    A new IP based access limit

    Access to our services will be determined by your IP. On PCs simply go to the DOS console and type in "ipconfig" to find out your IP. On Macintosh computers go to the Terminal and type in "ifconfig". The result is something like the following (the relevant data is highlighted in green):

    finding out your IP on a mac

    To calculate your API access limit all you need is to follow this simple procedure:

    Take the IP and remove all the dots, so becomes 1037129255.
    Divide the result by 2009

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  • Inside ETech: Technomadia

    What is a "Technomad?" According to Wikipedia it's a term "originally coined by Steven Roberts to describe a nomadic person who remains connected through communications media such as the internet during travel, exploration, and online nomadic living." So, when we actually met a pair of "technomads" - Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard - at ETech this year, our own Sophie Major decided to learn a little more about the technomadic life:

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  • Today (March 30th) the YDN Blogs and Forums are migrating to a new set of servers. This change is scheduled to happen between 2pm and 4pm today (Pacific time).

    During the transition, the blog pages will still be visible, but commenting will be disabled. The forums will be completely disabled for a short time, then will be visible again.

    I'll update this message again once the migration is complete.

    Thanks for your patience during this move!

    Update 3:30pm Pacific time: The migration to new hardware is complete and the DNS change has been made. It may take up to 24 hours for the DNS change to make its way around all networks, but if you are seeing this message, you are on the new server!

    Brian Cantoni
    Yahoo! Developer Network

  • ?Too much stuff to do; not enough time.? It may as well be my motto some weeks ? in fact I?ve been meaning to print bumper stickers, but haven?t gotten around to it yet.

    Well, apparently this state of affairs is not an isolated one. More ways and means of getting stuff done than I?ve ever seen before in one place (and believe me, I?m a nut about these things) were on display earlier this month at a conference called GTD Summit -- the first worldwide meetup for devotees of a system called Getting Things Done. I had the pleasure of attending as part of small Yahoo! delegation invited by the conference?s organizers, the David Allen Company.

    Productivity tools remind me of gambling strategies ? everyone thinks they have the perfect system, until they go broke. But one approach seems to generate consistent wins for many: eight years ago, in a book of the same name, David Allen published the Getting Things Done methodology. The book has sold more that a million copies around the world,

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  • On the 27th of March 2009 the first European Accessibility Forum in Frankfurt attracted about 170 visitors to listen to a couple dozen speakers covering all aspects of accessibility.

    Impressions of the European Accessibility Forum

    Under the motto of "accessible internet for all," the organizers invited experts from all facets of the market to discuss accessibility matters in panels and answer any questions the audience might have on the subject.

    Before we go into details, let me congratulate the organizers for pulling off an amazing conference that excelled both in organization and content. All the talks were filmed, recorded, translated live from English to German and vice versa, and transcribed in real time into sign language for the hard of hearing. All of this needs a lot of work and planning and is not cheap - but it is very vital for a conference that revolves around the needs of people with different abilities.

    The videos will be available in the future and some of the slides are already available on the web. As with photos,

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