YUI Theater — Joe Hewitt: “An Introduction to iUI”

By YUI TeamJuly 29th, 2007

Facebook's Joe Hewitt talks about the iUI library at Yahoo!.

Joe Hewitt, co-founder of the Firefox project and author of the popular Firebug extension to Firefox, stopped by Yahoo! last week to talk about his latest creation: the iUI JavaScript/CSS library that allows developers to build web applications that emulate the visual language native iPhone applications.

In this 15-minute presentation, Joe provides an overview of how iUI works and how you can use it to jumpstart any iPhone-specific interfaces you’re considering for your web apps. He also provides an outstanding overview of just what you can expect from the current iPhone web browser in terms of standards support; if you’re curious about what works and what doesn’t with iPhone’s Safari implementation, this is a good place to start.

This presentation is available in Flash format on Yahoo! Video and as an MPEG-4, iPod-compatible (and iPhone-compatible!) download (change the extension from .m4v to .mp4 if your video software doesn’t recognize the extension).

In Case You Missed…

Some other recent videos from the YUI Theater series:

  1. Karo Caran: "An Introduction to Screen Maginfication Software" (Yahoo! Video | .m4v download)
  2. Douglas Crockford: “JavaScript: The Good Parts” (Yahoo! Video | .m4v download)
  3. Grady Booch: "The Power, the Beauty, the Limits of Software" (Yahoo! Video | .m4v download)
  4. Nicholas Zakas: "Maintainable JavaScript" (Yahoo! Video | .m4v download)

Reminder: We’re Looking for a Great Engineer to Work with Joe on Firebug

Just a quick reminder that the YUI team is looking to hire a great frontend engineer to work with Joe on Firebug. Check out the job description, and if you’re interested get in touch with us at yui-jobs /at/ yahoo /dash/ inc /dot/ com. (Principals only; no recruiters, please.)


  1. It’s very impressive just how elegantly simple iUI is. The script itself is tiny, the bulk made up by Prototype and Scriptaculous.

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