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.
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.