New Yahoo! BOSS Hacks web site

There’s a lot of information about Yahoo! Boss on the official site: Yahoo! Developer Network. However there is still a need for a more informal portal for quick reviews of BOSS-based mashups, helpful hints, techniques, and upcoming events.

BOSS Hacks is an unofficial Yahoo! BOSS Site that does exactly that. I started it last week as I noticed this site was becoming less about standards based markup and more about how I was working with Yahoo! BOSS.

This site will feature shorter, more succinct blog posts. I’ll save any large posts for the YDN blog. Please feel free to visit the site and send me notes about what you would like to see or any new BOSS-based sites that should be mentioned.

Yahoo! Boss now features keywords and more language support

Yahoo! Boss search APIThe Yahoo! Developer Network blog just published a blog post with new Boss features: Yahoo! Search BOSS Releases Key Terms. There are a few key details in this article.

  • Key terms are now available: Each result now includes the keyterms Yahoo’s search index has assigned to the web page. This is the same information Yahoo! uses for search suggestions. I was trying to recreate this by using key term extraction in Yahoo! Pipes. But this would have involved multiple requests and slowed the page down. Boss’s inclusion of keyterms opens a whole new world of semantic search options. I’m using them to display related results on V3GGIE.
  • Extended language/region support: I was in Romania a couple weeks ago discussing Yahoo! Boss with some students in Bucharest. I noticed we didn’t support the Romanian language in Boss. I was able to send a few emails asking for support and voila, the Yahoo! Boss has not only added Romanian, but also Turkish and Hebrew! That is some fast turn around and shows their commitment to the users.
  • Boss made easier: Christian Heilmann has been creating Boss plug-n-play projects. You can get a JavaScript Boss badge, grab all the keyterms in one arrray, and recently a build your own site search in 3 easy steps lesson.
  • The article also has a link to a new site I’m developing: Tartin3. This is still in the development stages and is a prototype for a much larger site InsiderFood.com. I’m hoping to take the covers off Insider Food within the next couple weeks.Insider Food is now Live – but in Beta mode as I fix bugs and make enhance the search logic

Disclaimer: I work for Yahoo! but I’m not on the Yahoo! Boss team. I’m their “customer”, as I use Boss for multiple projects outside Yahoo!. I also am a member of the International Yahoo! Developer Network, which allows me to demonstrate and teach some of the Yahoo! API’s and services.

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Make a niche search engine with Yahoo! BOSS

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.
Yahoo! BOSS plus your ideas make a unique search experience

Update

Insider Food badge for featured expertsI’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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CSS3 Attribute Selector Presentation

During the fog of a summer cold and pressing deadlines… I gave a presentation today at the Yahoo! Front End Engineering Summit about CSS3 Attribute Selectors. The presentation briefly touched on some of my previous posts on this site as well as a few new concepts and ideas.

Here is the full presentation (HTML): CSS3 Attribute Lovin’. Feel free to copy, share, or do whatever you like with it.

I’ll post some more information on the new topics soon. Right now I’ve got to get back to my massive list of outstanding bugs on my project.