Attending the 5th Annual Yahoo Open Hack 2012 – India

Last Saturday I was at the 5th Annual Yahoo Open Hack 2012 that took place at the Sheraton – Bangalore. I was part of the Tech Talks only and attended some very good sessions by Yahoo guys. The sessions mostly included discussions on Yahoo libraries and tools like – YQL, YUI, Boomerang … etc.

One of the sessions I attended was the Web Performance – A look inside Yahoo! by Praveen P.N who is a part of the performance team at Yahoo. He also shared some other tools to measure your website’s performance –

Boomerang – boomerang is a piece of javascript that you add to your web pages, where it measures the performance of your website from your end user’s point of view. It has the ability to send this data (they say it a Beacon data) back to your server for further analysis. With boomerang, you find out exactly how fast your users think your site is.

ySlow –  He presented a commandline option for ySlow and how can you run the ySlow command to monitor a lot of information about your web page. It actually runs on Node.js and needs a HAR file (which is a HTTP Archive file). You can download a HAR file by opening up your web page in webpagetest.org. Note that ySlow is also available as plugin/extensions for all the major browsers and you can run it in your browser as well.

I was aware of some of the techniques/standards to fasten up your website that were recommended by Yahoo and to see them being prioritized by the Yahoo guys themselves made me happy. I did implement some of them in my works. Steve Souders – the former Yahoo performance guru actually laid down around 14 rules for loading websites faster.

Another one I attended was the Picture perfect hacks with flickr API where S.Muthu talked about using Flickr API’s and combining them with YQL.

You can click on the links for the Slide and check them out.

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