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August 15 2008

Yahoo Mybloglog is cool

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I just added mybloglog to this site.  MyBlogLog is a blog analytics tool which tracks visitors to your blog and can display recent visitors in a stylish widget.  If you look at the bottom of the right column you will see who the recent visitors to the this blog are.

It’s another cool web service by Yahoo.  Along with YUI, Flickr, Buzz and a number of other sites, yahoo have really been providing web geeks with some great products.  There is still talk of Yahoo getting bought by Microsoft, but I really hope it doesn’t happen.  I can see MS shutting down the free APIs and open source tools which Yahoo provides and making proprietary alternatives.  That would be a shame for the web.

June 18 2008

Why I like YUI

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I usually use JQuery for javascript work, the shortcuts for dom manipulation, XPath and the plethora of plugins are fantastic.  But recently I had to find a nice calendar for a booking application.  Something that I could easily populate with booked dates, have date ranges, different date renderers (colours/formatting on the date boxes).

I gave YUI calendar a try and if did it all out of the box.  They have created it in a way that makes it highly extensible and easy to use.  You can also plug in AJAX features relatively easily (which I didn’t do for my project but would be ideal for a booking/date management system).

Its also a great project to support because its open source and the developers at Yahoo have been really been giving some great tools to the development community over the last few years.

Also YUI has GREAT documentation.  Check it out..