Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch

Today’s Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch gives you something to get your hands on. Yahoo making Y!OS a reality for developers through the release of the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) , Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP) and Yahoo! Query Language (YQL). Now, anyone on the web has access to Yahoo!’s tools and data to start building applications for Yahoo!’s vast audience and the web beyond.

Yahoo! Social Platform
The Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP) consists of a suite of REST-based social APIs from Yahoo! including: Profiles, Connections, Updates, Contacts and Status. These services will make it possible for you to write social applications either on Yahoo! using the Application Platform or on your own website. We are releasing a PHP SDK an a Flash SDK to help you access these web services. Because we make use of standard OAuth and REST (both XML and JSON), standard libraries can also be used.

Yahoo! Query Language (YQL)
YQL is a new web service API that lets you access other web services using a SQL-like language rather than typical programmatic access. You can think of it as a command line version of Pipes. Its goal is to make data from Yahoo! as well as from across the internet universally accessible through a single common interface.

Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP)
YAP will soon become the mechanism for distributing your application to millions of users on Yahoo!’s homepages, media sites, and mail properties, some of the most trafficked sites on the Internet. The initial release supports a few programming models including:
– Developer hosted execution of applications with access to Yahoo’s Social APIs and YQL;
– Support for OpenSocial’s JavaScript API; and
– Support for server-side YML tags.

Today we are launching the platform itself; for now, we hope you’ll start building apps to view in the canvas view. We will keep you updated on the rollout schedule for embedding third-party applications within the pages of Yahoo!’s properties. In the meantime we’d love to hear from you and see what you’re building