YUI Addons Trac Now Live

I’ve received a great response from the community about my ScrollTabView addon. I’d like to thank all of the visitors and people who have gave their feedback… and especially Eric Miraglia at YUI Blog for mentioning it! You guys rock!

I’ve setup a YUI Addons Trac to be the center for my future YUI development. If you’ve been interested in ScrollTabView, you can use Trac to keep tabs on my development and report problems. As I come up with new stuff, I’ll point my current YUI page over there.

I don’t anticipate developing at a rapid pace; however, subscribing to Trac’s feeds can let you know when I’m making progress!

YUI: ScrollTabView Makes Tabbed Views Even Better

I’ve recently been tinkering with the excellent Yahoo! UI Library. My first contribution to the community is ScrollTabView, an extension of TabView that uses a scrolling animation to switch between tabs. (Just check out the examples.)

My inspiration was Panic’s Coda site as well as a few others. Now it’s easy to create a similar effect on your site using YUI.

Check out my new YUI addons page to grab the code and view more examples!

Update: I’ve been featured on the official YUI Blog!

Update 2 (May 27): I’ve been featured on Ajaxian!

Y! Live

Continuing with recent Yahoo news, the just-launched Y! Live is a new webcasting community similar to justin.tv or Stickam. Both Y! Live and Stickam allow you to take part in sharing video as a visitor in a broadcaster’s channel, while justin.tv does not. However, I believe Y! Live’s experience is better than any of those competitors. The Y! Live developer API allows you to go beyond search like justin.tv– you can actually mashup video streams. (Stickam doesn’t even have an API.) The site is billed as a “experimental release” so it’ll be interesting to see how Y! Live will evolve. More on the launch is available on their blog. I’ll be experimenting with the site by going live when I can, stop by and say hi!

WSJ: Yahoo To Reject Microsoft

Matthew Karnitschnig reporting for The Wall Street Journal:

Yahoo’s board believes that Microsoft’s is trying to take advantage of the recent weakness in the company’s share price to “steal” the company. The decision to reject the offer signals that Yahoo’s board is digging in its heels for what could be a long takeover battle. The company is unlikely to consider any offer below $40 per share, the person said.

Let’s hope Yahoo doesn’t get burned by a possible shareholder revolt. It’s a really interesting move for Yahoo and I’m anxious to see what happens.

[via DF]

On Yahoo and Microsoft

So Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo. I would hate to see Yahoo’s culture assimilated by Microsoft, especially after visiting Yahoo to see what its like. I believe Wired’s claim that the Microsoft and Yahoo are not too far apart is a bit optimistic:

Yahoo might appear more laid back, but the two are culturally closer than one might expect. For instance, while Google Inc. foots the bill for employees’ meals, Microsoft and Yahoo both make their work forces pay in the cafeteria. And while some associate afternoon soccer and cricket matches with Yahoo’s startup ethic, Microsoft’s campus is dotted with playing fields.

Yeah, but I bet Microsoft’s cafeteria isn’t named URL’s. I also doubt Microsoft is footing the bill with free coffee and soft drinks in every building, as is the case with Yahoo. Simply comparing recreation facilities and the company cafeteria is not an accurate metric for determining how close the companies are. There is a lot more to it.

Though its Windows operating system is on more than 90 percent of the world’s computers, its perpetual lack of savvy online has also prompted it to experiment with Silicon Valley-style events, including inviting programmers to gather once a month in bean bag chairs to brainstorm and collaborate on cool Web projects.

Why not just snatch up all of the “cool” programmers working at Yahoo? I don’t see how that would work either, because it seems obvious that Microsoft is unlikely to maintain Yahoo’s existing Unix and PHP properties and is likely to migrate everyone over to Windows Live products in their place. I really hope that doesn’t happen, but with concerns over Microsoft’s intent to simply acquire Yahoo’s userbase, I am concerned.

The company’s internal reaction with John Gruber’s “translation”, fairly well sums up how Yahoo is going through the process. It’s almost lose-lose: how can Yahoo remain independent and keep its shareholders happy?

I hope they know what they’re doing.