Yahoo Developer Network

Posted on March 29, 2006

I've never really had much to do with Yahoo! as a user, aside from taking note their aquisition of Web 2.0 projects over the last year or so, so I've stumbled upon the Yahoo! Developer Network rather late. (About a year!)

The Network is the gateway to a number of Yahoo! APIs such as Yahoo! Search, flickr, an Queries are limited to 5.000 queries per day per API.

But there's more than just the Yahoo! APIs. The UI Library provides a set of common javascript user interface components: animation effects, an AJAX connection manager, drag & drop, sliders, and an event class (which provides what's no doubt a better custom event model than my effort).

A bit more up-to-date (and the reason why I stumbled over the Developer Network) is the design pattern section, launched in February 2006. Each design pattern addresses a common problem in interface design, providing a possible solution, a rationale, and notes on accessibility. A lot of it seems to be common sense, but it's helpful to see navigational elements we take for granted dissected. The accompanying blog contains some interesting heavy-weight articles.

Kudos to the sharing, caring Yahoo!. See also: website patterns at the Information Architect's Wiki.