as i was going to bed, i noticed that jeremy
and others had posted about the launch
of Yahoo Search Developer Network
(YSDN). note the striking resemblance in name to MSDN
- i'm sure that isn't a coincidence. yahoo is really taking the lead here by not just providing web apis (which google has had for a while now), but in really creating a developer community
. a good chunk of YSDN is focused on getting the word out about user developed apps, connecting people together through mailing lists and having people share expertise through a community wiki.
it seems that yahoo is clearly imitating microsoft in creating an ecosystem for developers; aside from fueling the creation of new and innovative user experiences, the emergence of a developer community enhances platform stickiness.
after all, if you build it, they will come.