Archive | October 2007

Yahoo Open Hackday: Awesome Event!!!!

In this post, I am only talking about the event, my experience and in the next post follows the actual details of the hack!!!! 

I started from my place at 13.00pm, reached Taj Residency @MG Road.

Went upstairs, and Met Joe Arnold, I met him during D-Camp as well. Bhosky was already there. Vibhash, Prashant Mishra, Shourya Sarcar, Yousuf, Bala, Alagu were all there.

Finally around 15:30pm it all started with talks from Chirstian Heilman, Shivku and other folks.

At 1700pm the Hackday began and everyone started working on their hacks.

We formed a team, Me, Bala, Vibhash and Yousuf and after a lot of brainstroming, we decided to work on Yahoo Search Mashup!!!!
<wink>The details follow in next post, with code and demo 🙂 </wink>

We@ Workingworking.jpgwith_heilman.jpgwith_bharat.jpg

While the hack, we even had fun on the IRC Channel. Ventat from Y! even helped us with Y! Answers API.

The arrangements were just perfect from wireless setups to bean bags to coffee to food to drinks to video games to just everything.

During break session, I even met Sidu and we shared some thoughts on Start-ups, Entrepreneurship etc etc. It was informative.

I got even chance to speak to Mr.Bharat Vijay, the man who started Yahoo India operations 🙂

We had to present our hack in 90 seconds, and everyone showcased the stuff they worked on. I must admit, every idea was brilliant, lot of thought process and hard work behind it. The best part was that everyone present were awake for more than 24 straight hrs and still charged!!!! Amazing, thanks to tons of cofee and Red Bull

We didnt get any prize , but some people appreciated the efforts. We were happy about it 🙂

During Dinner, I even got a chance to speak to Yahoo’s Co-founder David Fil0. Yusuf quickly catched the moment in the camera. Even, got a snap with Chirstian Heilman as well.

Finally, when the time came to say goodbye, we all got a bean bag from Yahoo as well.

The best part was the gathering of some many talented people under one roof, you interact, you learn so many things and the energy was just flowing all around!!!!

I will soon be updating the post with pictures as well. Next post is abt the Yahoo Search Mash-up we have hacked!!!! So stay tuned.

For complete coverage:
1. Loads of Flickr images
2. List of Winners
3. Developer Network post

One of the best weekend, I have ever spent in my life. Thanks to all the folks at Yahoo!!!!


PS: Photo courtesy from hackers who have uploaded in Flickr.


HackDay begins!!!!

Me@Yahoo Open HackDay, Taj Residency!!!

And, the hacking begins now….


Yahoo SDK & YUI are simply awesome!!!!

I must appreciate the fact on how much Yahoo gives freedom and power to developers through libraries and toolkits.

I am currently using YUI and Yahoo SDK for building a small application and I am highly impressed with the libraries.

For sure Y! are doing great job, making our life lil more simpler 🙂

I have been using some libraries like Rico, scriptaculous, Dojo and trust me when I say, YUI stands tall here.

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Trip to Bhimeshwari!!!

Last saturday our practice team for a small outing to a near by place called Bhimeshwari. {Near, bole toh, 2hrs run from Blore}

It was a nice place, but yes it lacked lot of stuff. First and foremost, Network!!!!  If you are planning to make a trip to Bhimeshwari, you can leave your cell at your place. No nice hotels 😦

Muthathi is another place, very close by which has a river flowing so obivous you can try Coracle, River Rafting and ofcourse having bath 🙂

We were “planning” to do lot of stuff, BUT didnt do much. We did Jungle Trekking {Dont ask me what it means, we coined it}. If you have seen Bollywood movie, Kaal, imagine this jungle as same as the one shown in movie 😀

Soon would post some pics of the trip

In short, had a nice change after a long time

Now, back to work!!