8 Feb

Weekly Update 88: Using JavaScript with Goodies

Hello, hackers!

If you missed it, our Goodies now support JavaScript! That means you can create stand-alone Instant Answers that run on people's browsers--especially interactive ones like our timer which was made by mattr555. Check out our video tutorial on the topic: https://vimeo.com/album/3769284/video/153330462

If you want to get your hands dirty in JavaScript, check out this list of tasks compiled by GuiltyDolphin.

Help us test things out on the beta server as well if you have the time!

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5 Feb

Looking back on Global Quack & Hack 2

On Saturday January 30, we embarked on a day of quacking and hacking, in other words uniting DuckDuckGo fans around the world to learn about how to contribute to DuckDuckGo and then put that into practice. Although the focus was on increasing awareness of our development community and its long-term plans, developers were clearly keen to get coding and we started getting contributions almost immediately.

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30 Jan

Global Quack & Hack 2 — It's Alive!

We're excited to say that our second Global Quack & Hack is underway!

We have a variety of meetups in different locations as well as developers coming together online from all over the world. Wherever you are, the discussion today is in our DuckDuckHack Slack channels. If you haven't already, please get an invite from us. Staff and expert volunteers will be around all day in all timezones to answer questions and generally make sure you're happy!

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24 Jan

Weekly Update 86: Global Quack & Hack 2 is Next Week!

It's official! Global Quack and Hack is next week! Check out all the deets in https://duck.co/blog/post/239/global-quack-hack-2-details.

If you're stuck indoors because of this weekend's blizzard, help out developers by testing out some of the new Instant Answers in our beta server.

Finally, shout out to Rob Emery for refactoring Conversions and making it easier for people to extend it in the future. Here it is in action! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=convert+21+F+to+C&ia=answer

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21 Jan

DuckDuckHack — new and improved!

As you may have noticed, our pages for developers have changed a bit recently. We've done some serious spring cleaning and tried to focus on making it easier to discover, create and maintain DuckDuckGo Instant Answers. Here's a rundown of what we've been up to.

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18 Jan

DuckDuckGo Friends Newsletter #66

We hope 2016 has started well for you. We began the year looking back over the past twelve months, firstly in choosing the Instant Answers that we fell in love with, and subsequently looking back on our highlights of the year:

  • "Instant Answer staff picks for 2015" -- https://duck.co/blog/post/234/ia-staff-picks-2015
  • "2015: A year in review" -- https://duck.co/blog/post/236/duckduckgo-2015-review

Read on for more of our latest news...

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18 Jan

Weekly Update 85: An Easy Way To Help Out

Hello, hackers!

Last week we talked about about new platform features that are available to you. One of the features that is available on the duck.co/ia/dev page is a section called "Recently on Beta" which shows the Instant Answers that are currently in testing.

So an easy way to help out is to simply try these Instant Answers out! See if you're getting things as expected, and feel free to leave a message to the developer even if it's just a simple "This is awesome!" comment.

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15 Jan

Join us at Global Quack & Hack 2

DuckDuckGo Global Quack and Hack 2 banner

Every day, coders around the world are helping to improve DuckDuckGo by creating Instant Answers for the topics they care about (and search) the most. On Saturday, January 30th, join us for a day dedicated to getting you involved with:

  • Meetup events around the world
  • Tutorials and webcasts for all experience levels
  • Live chat support from the staff and community
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9 Jan

Weekly Update 84: New Documentation and Platform Features

Hello, hackers!

If you haven't seen it yet, we have our all-new and updated documentation hosted on docs.duckduckhack.com. It includes a lot of new illustrations and videos that will guide you at every step of the way. If you have questions about anything, you can always get in touch!

The best thing about the open source community is that the seasoned developers are always ready to help out new developers.

We've also added an overview of all the activity on the platform at duck.co/ia/dev, and you can see the status of of each Instant Answer on duck.co/ia/dev/pipeline.

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3 Jan

2015: A year in review

Looking back on 2015 it's been an incredible year both in terms of DuckDuckGo's growth and the improvements that have been added. As always, a huge part of this is thanks to you, the community, who continue to amaze us with your support, feedback and contributions. Here are some of the highlights from the past year.

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24 Dec

Instant Answer Staff Picks for 2015

As 2015 draws to a close the number of Instant Answers (IAs) on DuckDuckGo is over 660, the majority of which were created by our kind community of contributors. They cover an eclectic variety of topics from general to niche — sometimes very niche! Let's look back at the favorite and most-used IAs for some of the DuckDuckGo staff. Perhaps you'll discover new ones that can speed up your searching in 2016...

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21 Dec

Weekly Update 82: Support for Japanese Wikipedia!

Hello, devs!

Over the past few weeks we've been busy adding support for Japanese Wikipedia entries — around 1.5 million of them! If you now search in Japanese you should see Instant Answer summaries for some searches. For example, きつねうどん (kitsune-udon; delicious thick noodles with deep-fried tofu) and ジョウビタキ (jobitaki; a small bird called a Daurian redstart). A big thank you to user marsf for helping with testing.

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18 Dec

What do security certificates actually do?

There are two parts to sending information securely over the internet — encryption and identity verification. Security certificates play a vital role in this verification and you may have seen warning messages in your browser about certificates being out of date or somehow incorrect. Let's look at how these certificates are used so you can hopefully have more trust in your online interactions and make informed choices when warnings appear.

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11 Dec

Feedback button

You may have noticed a new addition to the search results page on desktop — this button:

send feedback

As you can guess it allows you to send us feedback about the results you're seeing — or indeed anything else.

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