The Jon

Japanese Video News

Well, I’ve been working at Yahoo! Japan for nearly a year, and I’m proud to say that I finally have a release under my belt. I spent some time improving a few Apache handlers, and they are now available. They both provide ASX files to view video files. I know it doesn’t sound like much to just make something that outputs 300 bytes of data that nobody really looks at, but there were quite a few interesting points about it.

- Writing code that must perform quickly, PHP wasn't gonna cut it, so it is written in C/C++.

- Guaranteeing that the servers will be up 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

- Working with other teams to provide an interface for them to work with the system.

All in all, it was a good experience and I hope to release a few more projects that I’m working. Anyways, if you are interested in seeing what I worked on, or if you are interested in watching news in Japanese check out these links. First we have Japan Weather Videos and then 10 different television networks providing Japanese News Videos. If you don’t understand Japanese, then you probably won’t be very interested in them. But if you are studying Japanese, it is good listening practice!