Yahoo! User Interface Library

By Deane Barker on February 14, 2006

Yahoo! UI Library: Yahoo somewhat rules for this. A Free BSD license makes it even yummier.

The Yahoo! User Interface Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, HTML and AJAX. The UI Library Utilities facilitate the implementation of rich client-side features by enhancing and normalizing the developer’s interface to important elements of the browser infrastructure […]

Google gets all the press, but Yahoo is really a developer’s best friend. Their search and maps APIs are fantastic, and then there’s this. Yahoo is old school, so it doesn’t get the “new and fancy” love anymore, but they’re not dead yet.

Zawodny made a great point once that Google backing into Yahoo one app at a time. Google adds app after app until they end up looking like…Yahoo. Of course, Zawodny works there, so his opinion is about as neutral as Scoble’s, but he still has a good point.



  1. What does the BSD license require? If I use it on a clients website will I owe them something or be required to give any code that uses it or was derived from it back to Yahoo?

  2. I’m no expert, but I believe the BSD license is as close to the public domain as possible. Don’t consider this gospel, but no — you don’t have to give anything back to anyone. You can use their code in your commercial project and not have to release it.

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