YDN’s 2012 Year End Review for Developers

As 2012 winds to a close, many of your favorite blogs and news sites are penning their year end recaps. Not to be undone, we're doing the same, with a decided tech focus. While they may be focusing on the end of the world, Syria, mass shootings, the London Olympics, the 2012 US Presidential election, KONY 2012 and the death of Twinkies, we'll focus on tech events that may be interesting to our audience, developers.

Hack Across the Globe

Yahoo developer evangelists have been busy this year, putting on hack events designed to spur innovation and support local developer ecosystems. Here are a few of the events YDN and other Yahoo engineering teams have been a part of in 2012.

Hadoop Summit 2012
San Jose, CA USA
June 12-13, 2012

Hack the Change
Pennsylvania, PA USA
March 16-18, 2012

HackU @ IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur India
March 22-25, 2012

HackU @ IIT Madras
March 29 - April 1, 2012
Chennai India

Yahoo! Connected TV Developer Event - Mobile and TV
May 24, 2012
Sunnyvale, CA USA

Yahoo! Publicis Hackday
June 28-29, 2012
Manhattan, NY USA

OpenHack India
August 11-12, 2012
Bangalore India

HackU @ IIT Delhi
August 16-19, 2012
Delhi India

Grace Hopper Celebration
October 2-6
Baltimore, MD USA

Open Hack Taiwan
October 20-21, 2012

Agency Hack at Gurgaon
November, 2012
Gurgaon India

YUI Conf
November 14-15, 2012
Santa Clara, CA USA

Mobile is King

One of the biggest trends of 2012 is really a continued trend of the last two years; the move from native desktop experiences to responsive, web-only applications. Though there were some well-publicized arguments about the success of HTML5, I think it's safe to say that right now development is focused on mobile, be it Android, iOS, HTML5 or Cocktails. Developers with a great mobile portfolio are highly in demand.

No More Money for Duds

The VC and Angel money has been flowing freely for the last few years, but following the lackluster IPO of social darling, Facebook, and other notable 2012 IPO failures, that started to change. All of a sudden, innovative ideas weren't enough to garner millions in funding, and investors were more cautious, requesting solid business models to go with those Silicon Valley celebs.

Video is the Internet Star

Google sunk millions into its YouTube Partner Program this year, banking on their stars and ordinary video creators in a big way. Yahoo! continued to invest heavily in Yahoo! Connected TV, with a stellar Developer Event in May and the release of the latest version of the Yahoo! Connected TV App Development Kit.

Identity Connects

Earlier in 2012, OpenID Connect was finally launched out of draft mode and started to be integrated with early adopters like PayPal (into PayPal Access). The OpenID Conenct specification has been criticized by some for being overly complicated due to that fact that it had to be split up into six separate specifications, and that it had perverted its original idea by appeasing too many individual opinions. Former Yahoo and current PayPal evangelist, Jon LeBlanc explains it all in a recent Identity history post on the YDN blog.

This list isn't meant to be comprehensive of all tech shifts throughout 2012, but we've hit the big ones for developers. If you are really interested in diving deeper, look for roundups on cloud technologies, mobile, women in tech and crowdfunding to round out your 2012. As always, we love to hear what you think, so sound off in the comments.