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Technical Evangelism, a fairly young discipline, may contain fewer than a thousand people today. A few folks may be doing it part time and others who think that they are doing it when they are really not. Overall, it’s a really fun job: you get to meet smart people, learn new technologies, create fun demos and travel to various conferences.
Last month Yahoo! announced BOSS, its Build Your Own Search Service, which "allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search." The REST API allows developers to get results in XML or JSON format for web, news, and image search queries. Recently the official Yahoo! Search Blog showcased a handful of the best mashups that third-party developers created in BOSS's first month of operation.
There are two sides to the API equation: production and consumption. This week's API job openings are focused on the consumption side which presents a unique set of challenges as an application becomes more distributed.