In my twelfth week at Yahoo! I’m really happy to be able to finally point to something I have been working on with a small but incredibly talented team of engineers and UI designers (a couple of them even newer than me to Yahoo!) Check out the Event Browser, a super-demo of a bunch of Yahoo! APIs, with the exciting new Maps AJAX API we just announced as the foundation (and if you’re not in to AJAX there are many more Maps APIs to play with).
One more cool thing (hey, did someone use the word “cool”?) The images displayed for particular events take Yahoo! events output and pipe it through our Term Extraction API, then through the Image Search API to produce amazingly appropriate images for the event. Ravi Dronamraju, who put together the team that built this demo, provides his thoughts on this demo. A big thanks to Ed, Jonathan, Mirek, Karon, Sam, Nate, and Toby.
It’s a great team, and working with them on this reminded me of the concept of the “jelled team” from the truly excellent must-read software engineering management book Peopleware, which I wrote about at InfoWorld:
The jelled team is so tightly knit that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is low turnover, a strong sense of identity, a sense of elitism, joint ownership of products, and enjoyment derived from participation.
Can’t wait to do more.