The company says its Yahoo Developer Network is perfect for impatient programmers.
Calif.-Yahoo wants to appeal to lazy
Jeremy Zawodny, a developer with Yahoo and a leader of the Yahoo Developer
Network, spoke April 8 at the Evans Data Corp. Developer Relations Conference
here on the issue of laziness and impatience in developers.
Zawodny said that in the business of creating developer programs, the Web
services and APIs Yahoo offers are part of the company's effort to boost its
ecosystem and indicate that "there is a lot we can offer without money
associated with it."
He was responding to the notion that many organizations apparently believe
the surest way to developers' hearts and minds is to give them a way to make
However, "developers are lazy and impatient; if you cannot help them
make money, give them tools, share your expertise, build a community, let them
have fun," Zawodny said.
Moreover, he said, Yahoo is able to "appeal to the true nature of
developers. They want free stuff. Developers are too busy to learn a lot of new
things, overly optimistic, expected to know about new technologies, lazy-they
want to do the least work for the most gain-and impatient-they want it
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Zawodny gave three examples of how Yahoo caters to these developers.
and Cascading Style Sheets framework that has several features that make it
easier for developers to build applications. It abstracts away browser
differences to help developers build applications.
YUI is 2 years old and has more than 9,000 community members. There are more
than 1 billion files served for people who don't want to host their own,
Zawodny said. There have been more than 650,000 downloads of the YUI source
package, more than 2 million page views a month and more than 20,000
subscriptions to the YUI blog, he said.
Another Yahoo technology is YSlow, a utility for optimizing Web sites for
better performance, particularly for the Firefox browser.
Yahoo also has a lot invested in the Apache Hadoop technology. Hadoop, an
open-source implementation of MapReduce and the Google File System, is used by
Amazon, Facebook and others. Yahoo also has the largest production cluster
"We have adopted Hadoop internally for our search platform,"
Zawodny said. "We're taking the experience we have and contributing to the
open-source project to make it easier for us and make it easier for the
Many of the core Hadoop committers and contributors are on the staff at
Yahoo, he said.
Yahoo founded YDN in 2005 as a skunkworks project in the search group,
focused on search APIs and a simple REST (Representational State Transfer)
interface, Zawodny said. The initial focus was on developer innovation for the
search team, but it became a companywide effort. It later spread beyond the