The Yahoo! Developer Network blog just published an article I wrote about Yahoo! BOSS. It discusses how to use the search filters and query attributes with the BOSS API.
I’ve used these methods on V3GGIE.com, a vegetarian search engine and will be launching a new niche search engine in the next few weeks.
I’ve just taken the covers off my latest search engine project. Insider Food is a regional search engine powered by local bloggers, chefs, and restaurant fanatics.
It’s a wee bit slow right now due to a multitude of API requests to Yahoo! Boss, Yahoo! Pipes, Flickr, Amazon, and more. Look for some upcoming posts about the construction of the site. Hopefully I can even describe caching and threading. Once somebody teaches me :).
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The Yahoo! Developer Network recently held an event in Paris to introduce SearchMonkey to local developers. I was on hand to help discuss microformats. I’ve got a brief write up of the event on the YDN blog: SearchMonkey in Paris.
SearchMonkey allows developers to create enhanced search result presentations for a web site. These appear when a user installs the easy to create application and then does a search query that provides the module as part of the normal search result.
Yahoo provides microformatted data to the SearchMonkey application at run time. This allows the developer to add great content while still building a very quick application. I’ll write more on this later as I think it is a great usage of Microformats at the user level instead of the developer level.
Beyond SearchMonkey, it’s great to know that search engines really are paying attention to this data. You’ll learn a lot about your site and its microformats as you build your first SearchMonkey application. Give it a try, it shouldn’t take you more than an hour to put together your first application.
La Cantine and the Paris Developer Scene
The event was held at a great space: La Cantine. This is a cross between a cafe and cooperative space for startups to use as an office, meeting space, and development center. It was a pleasure to meet the large crowd that turned out for the night.