Welcoming Mike Lee and Dav Glass to the YUI Team

By Eric MiragliaMarch 29th, 2007

Mike LeeWe’re pleased to welcome two new members to the YUI team — Mike Lee and Dav Glass. Both are moving from other roles at Yahoo!, and each brings to the team a unique set of talents.

Mike has been at Yahoo! since 2002 and is among the small group of engineers who established frontend engineering as a discipline here. He has been an engineer and engineering manager for some of our most important sites, including yahoo.com and my.yahoo.com. He brings to YUI a passion for ensuring that what we build is what is most needed by web developers. One of our goals — really, a goal of all open-source projects — is to be more responsive to the community and more communicative about roadmaps, releases, and community processes. With his knowledge of the industry broadly as well as his depth as an engineer, Mike will help us do just that.

Dav Glass; photo by Steve CarlsonAlso joining the YUI team is Dav Glass. Dav is a well known figure in the YUI community already. As one of the most frequent contributors to our forums (with a staggering 307 helpful posts as of this morning), and as the author of one of the most useful YUI-oriented blogs, Dav has distinguished himself as an influential, talented, and prolific contributor to the project. Now that YUI has his full attention, we expect only more of the same. Dav, we couldn’t be happier to have you with us.

In addition to Mike and Dav, here’s a quick snapshot of where the YUI team stands today. Note: Someone asked me at conference the other day how big our "YUI documentation team" is. The answer: 0. The people listed here who engineer the library also write the docs, provide support in the forums, do tools development, and everything else that goes into supporting a project like YUI.

Name YUI Component Ownership
Satyen Desai Satyen Desai
  • Calendar
Jenny Han Donnelly Jenny Han Donnelly
  • AutoComplete
  • DataSource
  • DataTable
  • Logger
Todd Kloots Todd Kloots
Nate Koechley Nate Koechley
  • CSS Reset
  • CSS Fonts
  • CSS Grids
  Adam Moore
  • Event
  • Drag & Drop
  • Slider
  • TreeView
  • YAHOO Global Object
Thomas Sha Thomas Sha
  • Connection Manager
  • YUI project founder and director
Matt Sweeney Matt Sweeney
  • Animation
  • Dom
  • Element
  • TabView

15 Comments

  1. [...] Well it’s official, I’m joining the crew on the YUI team. Eric has posted a nice note over at the YUI Blog about it. [...]

  2. Glad to see the YUI Team members, everyone is great!

    I find that there are 12 members in YUI project at SourceForge, why the other two members (Julien Lecomte & Gary Neier) are not in the list?

  3. @bluepower: Julien LeComte is the author of the YUI Browser History Manager. Gary Neier is a long-time Yahoo who has helped out with the YUI project periodically. Both great developers; neither is full-time on YUI at present, though. Regards, Eric

  4. Congrats to both of you, if Dav’s half as helpful to the team as he has been to me, you’re on to a winner.

  5. What ever happened to a “simple” “Report A Problem” link on the Yahoo main page?

    I have been searching for a place to report a problem for at least 45 minutes. Clicking on “Help” just gets you to FAQ’s etc.

    Searching help on how to report a problem, brings up listings of other people’s questions on how to report problems. Browsing these shows that they a for Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Weather, etc….

    What ever happened to the idea of “ease of use” or “user friendly”. I really don’t feel like wasting an entire hour trying to figure out how to tell you the YOU have a problem that should be fixed!

    I remember when yahoo first started, and you did things right, help was easily accesible, and you guys listened to what users had to say, and you became THE place to go.

    Unfortunately people in the Yahoo community have demanded so much specialization & customization for each of their needs that you may have overlooked your roots.

    PLEASE….. put a simple Feedback or Report A Problem button back up front where it is easy to find!!

    Paul

  6. @Paul,

    I’m sorry that you had a bad experience trying to provide feedback on Yahoo.com. You’re right that there’s no obvious way to do that (although most individual Yahoo! properties provide excellent support through http://suggestions.yahoo.com/ or through links off individual pages. Was there a specific module or part of the main page that was giving you trouble?

    Regards,
    Eric

  7. Does YUI plan on putting anything out similar to EXT from jack slocum and co?

  8. @Curious,

    Jack’s EXT project is entirely compatible with YUI today; you are free to use both in your projects. In some cases there will be overlap between YUI and EXT. But our roadmap continues to focus on building what we regard as the most important foundational utilities and interactive widgets and doing so with detailed documentation, full A-Grade compatibility, and high quality. The great thing about EXT is that it extends YUI beyond its base and provides developers an even richer toolkit from which to draw.

    Regards,
    Eric

  9. Jeremy McGeary said:
    April 10, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I guess I share Paul Klein’s frustration (above). I couldn’t find anywhere to post a help request.

    In the last week or so, my browser (Safari 1.2.3 (v125.9)) has been hanging up on AP stories I’m trying to read from My Yahoo.
    I’m wondering if a feature has been added or modified that causes this. The first part of the story will open, along with all the ads of course, and then I get the spinning pizza, my computer’s fan speeds up to turbo, and everything stops. I have to “force quit” to get out of there.

    Please don’t tell me I have to upgrade my Safari, or add anything else clever to my machine. I live in Rural America, and the only wire that reaches us is the telephone. So, (as are, I believe, the majority of Internet connectors in the USA) I am on dial-up, and I do not relish leaving my machine connected to the web for the countless hours it takes to download upgrades.
    Help!
    Please leave stuff alone so we antiques can still reach you!

    (I long ago gave up on cnn.com which would simply kick Safari off.)

    Jeremy McGeary

  10. @Jeremy,

    As I said to Paul, I’m sorry that one of the Yahoo! products is giving you a bad experience on your browser of choice. As a fellow Safari user and a news.yahoo.com addict, I particularly empathize; what you’re describing would drive me batty.

    I can offer you three things:

    1. Here’s the link to report the problem you’re having. Be sure to indicate in your report all the things you told me — it’s crashing your browser, specific details about your browser, note whether you’ve run all relevant software updates (the free ones from Apple), etc.

    http://help.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/news/cgi_newshelp

    2. I’ll pass along your note to a few people who might be able to help.

    3. I’ve asked the News team to consider adding the help link on their footer (where, like you, I think it belongs).

    I realize that none of these immediately solves your problem. As a temporary solution, I would consider downloading the Camino web browser (which is fast) or the Firefox browser (which is similar to Camino but not nearly as fast as what you’re used to with Safari). Firefox is a fully A-Grade browser that, while not as quick as Safari, should give you full support on Yahoo!’s web products on your OS. (The latest Safari, on OS X 10.4, does as well.)

    Regards,
    Eric

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  12. Congrats to both of you, if Dav’s half as helpful to the team as he has been to me, you’re on to a winner..

  13. I guess I share Paul Klein’s frustration (above). I couldn’t find anywhere to post a help request.

    In the last week or so, my browser (Safari 1.2.3 (v125.9)) has been hanging up on AP stories I’m trying to read from My Yahoo.
    I’m wondering if a feature has been added or modified that causes this. The first part of the story will open, along with all the ads of course, and then I get the spinning pizza, my computer’s fan speeds up to turbo, and everything stops. I have to “force quit” to get out of there.

    Please don’t tell me I have to upgrade my Safari, or add anything else clever to my machine. I live in Rural America, and the only wire that reaches us is the telephone. So, (as are, I believe, the majority of Internet connectors in the USA) I am on dial-up, and I do not relish leaving my machine connected to the web for the countless hours it takes to download upgrades.
    Help!
    Please leave stuff alone so we antiques can still reach you!

    (I long ago gave up on cnn.com which would simply kick Safari off.)

    Jeremy McGeary

  14. @Jeremy: I’m sorry for the frustrating experience you’re having. Obviously, the YUI project members are not the same folks who code My Yahoo!, but like you I use it all the time — and Yahoo! News, which may be where the problem is happening. I’ll do what I can to pass your details on to someone who can help. Regards, Eric

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