On Deck: YUIConf 2010, with a focus on YUI, YQL, and Node.js

On November 8-10, we welcome hundreds of developers to Yahoo! for our annual frontend engineering conference. We've loaded up the schedule with tech talks exploring the most interesting developments in the discipline, including our own YUI 3 JavaScript library and YQL web service federator.

We're also excited to have Ryan Dahl, creator of the groundbreaking Node.js, joining us to talk about what's coming from the Node community. Like many of you, we see a bright future in Node.js, and we're making a big investment in that future here at Yahoo!.

As was the case last year, YUIConf will be anchored by content about the various tools that constitute the YUI project. We formed the YUI team at Yahoo! in 2005 for one purpose: to build enterprise-class tools that empower frontend engineers. In 2006, we released YUI as an outbound open-source project, and since that time the various YUI packages have been downloaded by developers more than 2.8 million times.

In 2008, we opened YUI to inbound contributions. Since that time, we've seen the contributor community grow to nearly 100 engineers around the world. We're proud to have several of them on the program as presenters at this year's conference.

Last year at YUIConf, we announced the YUI 3 Gallery, a new mechanism enabling low-friction contributions. Today there are more than 200 Gallery modules available for use by YUI implementers.

Today, YUI is growing much faster from developer contributions than from the work of the core team. The future of the project has never been brighter, and YUI continues to be central to our plans at Yahoo! as we work on our next generation of web-based applications.

<ul> <li>Dion Almaer: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanosh/3306058997/" title="Dion Almaer | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanosh/3306058997/</a></li> <li>Tantek Çelik: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/409672754/" title="Meta Tantek | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/409672754/</a> <li>Ryan Dahl: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/blank22763/4089950858/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/blank22763/4089950858/</a> <li>Elaine Wherry: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/drewm/3016944830/" title="Elaine Wherry | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/drewm/3016944830/</a></li> <li>Ben Galbraith: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanosh/3306056383/" title="Ben Galbraith | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanosh/3306056383/</a> </ul>

We have a long tradition at Yahoo! of bringing in the most compelling thought leaders in our industry for conversations about the future, and this year's YUIConf carries on that tradition. On Monday night, Ajaxian cofounders Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer convene a panel of experts to talk about the near future of frontend engineering. Ben and Dion will be joined onstage by Elaine Wherry, founder and frontend architect at Meebo; Douglas Crockford, JavaScript architect at Yahoo!; Tantek Çelik, technologist and author; Ryan Dahl, creator of Node.js; Joe Hewitt of Facebook, creator of Firebug and author of one of the most downloaded mobile applications of all time (Facebook for iOS); and Thomas Sha, YUI founder at Yahoo!.

Douglas Crockford. Photo used by kind permission. <ul>         <li>Douglas Crockford: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/allenr/4482834276/" title="Crockford's explanation | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/allenr/4482834276/</a></li>  <li>Douglas Crockford: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/allenr/4341338168/" title="Douglas Crockford, B&W Profile Shot | Flickr - Photo Sharing!">https://www.flickr.com/photos/allenr/4341338168/</a></li> </ul>

Photos used by kind permission

Another YUIConf tradition is that we finish with a new talk from Douglas Crockford. On Wednesday night, he will close the conference with "Project Future" — the latest in his acclaimed series of lectures about the profession of software engineering and its expression in the world of web development.

Although YUIConf 2010 is sold out, I encourage you to stay tuned to YUIBlog, where the YUI team will be posting videos from all the conference sessions as part of the YUI Theater video series.