Yahoo! Launches Developer Network in Taiwan

Yahoo! Taiwan announced the launch of a Chinese-language version of the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) in Taiwan, Yahoo!’s first YDN outside of the US, according to the company.

Yahoo! thinks that Internet-based applications are becoming more open and thus is positioning itself as a platform to provide communication applications instead of just being a web portal, emphasized Yahoo! Technical Evangelist Dan Theurer.

The English version of YDN in the US has offered more than 900 APIs (application program interfaces) and over 30 service items, and many innovative applications are being developed, Yahoo! Kimo pointed out. The Chinese version of YDN will provide eight initial APIs, including BBAuth (Browser-based Authentication) and YUI (Yahoo! User Interface) used globally and +API for use in Taiwan specifically, the company indicated. Yahoo! Kimo, in addition to introducing more APIs from the English version of YDN, will integrate its resources and locally-tailored services with the Chinese version to help community, small-to-medium or non-profit web portals develop application programs, the company noted.

The launch of the Chinese-version of YDN is related to Yahoo! Kimo’s participation in a project carried out by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to boost Web 2.0-based web technology and applications in Taiwan, according to Peter Lin, Yahoo! Senior Director of Technology for Asia Region as well as CTO of Yahoo! Kimo.