July 30th, 2006
The concept of the Journal has been around us here Widget Geeks for quite some time. When this project first began four years ago, myself and the original Mac engineer would post our progress on what was at the time a total mystery project. We’d tease folks with bits and pieces of information to whet their appetites for the cool application that was on its way.
It wasn’t a blog, as they’re called these days, it was a simple PHP script that I’d written that looked in a folder on my home web server and parsed anything that was a text file as an entry and filled it in with the author based on who owned the permission and when the file was created. Why… I almost feel like I need to say in a cranky old man’s voice “when I was your age we didn’t have any fancy blog software, all we had was a folder full of text files with UNIX permissions set and mod dates written…”… alright… never mind.
When we were absorbed into the fold by Yahoo!, the journal (which by then was just looking up data from our forums) went away. Not for any reason other than it was such a hack, it just had to go.
So here it is again. It’s back… this time as a WordPress blog.
Contributing to it will be myself, Arlo Rose… the inventor of the Widget concept that’s being so widely used by just about everyone these days, Ed Voas, lead engineer and architect for the Yahoo! Widget platform and all-around genius engineer, and Rob Marquardt, who owns a spoon.
A lot has changed since the early days of the journal I’d started. This site isn’t hosted on a Mac in my office, it’s on a farm of many distributed servers. I’m no longer spending 200% of my time hacking on Widgets, in fact, I’m not even officially part of the Widget team any more (though I still work on the project despite what my job description dictates). Our original Mac engineer has moved on from the project and from Yahoo!, and the team isn’t just two guys working to make ends meet, it’s a team that consists of Widget builders, engineers, product managers, product architects, and a poster of Shakira (since she turned down actually being a member of the team). We’ve come a long way.
So welcome to the new Widgets Blog, and watch for cool happenings, teasers of things to come, technical posts, design rants, and just about anything else we can think of that seems remotely related to what we do at Yahoo!.