YUI 2nd Birthday

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The YUI 2nd Birthday was a dud except for the free shirts, free food, free beer, oh and something about YUI 3.0. The vision plan they have for 3.0 is faster, lighter, more secure, more modular.The front of the shirt is above but the back of the shirt has the quote “This is Yahoo!” and I agree.

Yahoo! has done wonders in terms of front-end engineering with YUI, Design Patterns, YSlow, Juku, and even hiring someone full time for firebug. They are bringing much needed attention web dev and the continued promotion of javascript as a first class language.

On a side note, when I read the “This is Yahoo!” slogan I imagined Jerry Yang kicking Balmer into an endless pit and yelling “THIS IS YAHOO!” 300 style.

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Yahoo! Juku – School for Fronteers

I love the movement in the community as of late regarding front end engineers. PPK (of quirksmode.org fame) has been making great strides in by trying to establish an organization called Fronteers. Now, I just read that Yahoo! is doing something even more unprecedented… Yahoo! Juku. Essentially a training program for Fronteers to learn from the top people in the field and become a full time Yahoo! employee.Regardless of how Yahoo! is doing as a company, nobody can’t fault their contributions (yui, yslow, design patterns library, etc) in terms of web front end.

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AdMob AdMonitor

My current gig is at AdMob and we recently re-did the home page and took out a small little widget that had a live scrolling ticker of actual ad requests. When we redesigned the home page there just wasn’t room for it anymore. A lot of people were sad to see it go. Except now we’ve brought it back in full force! We’ve even been mentioned on TechCrunch! (A little dream of mine for a while, not because I like Arrington or anything, but because it’s the 4th largest blog.) Here’s my original post on our company’s website.

AdMob AdMonitor
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Technical stuff:
The page is a combination of Google Maps, YUI, Ext JS, Fusion Gadgets, and our own internal API. The prototype was thrown together in a couple hours and then design, marketing, and our CEO Omar got involved and it evolved into what you see today. The joys of working at a fast paced company, I love it! 🙂