Search Call Deprecations and the Java and .NET SDKs

The deprecation of GetSearchResults and GetCategoryListings will affect users of the Java and .NET SDKs. Users of current versions of these SDKs will continue to have access to the deprecated calls and types until October 11, 2011. Users who adopt newer versions of these SDKs, starting with the April 28, 2011, point release, will not have access to the deprecated types. The April 28 release will include samples that show how to access the search functions in the Finding API from the Trading SDKs.

April 18, 2011 in Developer Community, Documentation, Finding API, Trading API | Permalink

715 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

April 5, 2011 in Developer Community, Developer Website, Documentation, Shopping API, Trading API | Permalink

713 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

March 21, 2011 in Developer Community, Documentation, Large Merchant Services, Shopping API, Trading API | Permalink

New VeriSign Certificate for Open eBay: March 1, 2011

For Open eBay app developers: on March 1, 2011, we will update the VeriSign certificate at http://developer.ebay.com/certificates/production.cert.

Make sure your Open eBay apps switch to using the new certificate to verify subscription calls from eBay. You can find instructions here: http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/open-ebay-apps/Concepts/OpeneBayUGDev.html#signature.

February 23, 2011 in Authentication & Authorization, Developer Community, Open eBay | Permalink

Announcing a Powerful New Open Commerce Platform

As some of you may have already read, we are launching a new open platform business that combines the resources of both eBay and PayPal in one powerful commerce solution. Separately, the eBay and PayPal Developer Communities have done incredible work and continue to wow us every day. But the greatest success stories have always been when we are able to combine the full strength of both platforms and deliver a value proposition that enriches your products and services. I am very excited about what our new platform business will mean to our Developers and the new opportunities it will create. The team we are assembling under Matthew Mengerink's leadership are dedicated, talented folks who are passionate about helping our Developers and Partners be successful. To hear more from Matthew, see his blog post here: https://www.thepaypalblog.com/

February 17, 2011 in Developer Community, Developer Website, Developers Conference | Permalink

Coming Soon: New VeriSign Certificate for Open eBay Apps

Attention Open eBay developers: the VeriSign certificate used for subscription calls between Open eBay and your application will expire in early March.

Before that happens, the Open eBay team will publish a new certificate for your application to use, and instructions for its use, here: http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/open-ebay-apps/Concepts/OpeneBayUGDev.html#signature.

Watch this space for updates, and if you have any questions, please file a support ticket: http://developer.ebay.com/support/developersupport/request/default.aspx

Thanks,

-Open eBay team

February 9, 2011 in Authentication & Authorization, Developer Community, Open eBay, Product News | Permalink

Major Change to Large Merchant Services: UTF-8 encoding is required starting Feb 14, 2011

Important Announcement

Beginning 2011-02-14, Large Merchant Services will require all input files to be UTF-8 encoded. Other encodings (e.g. ISO-8859-1) will not be rejected by the system, but some characters may not be rendered correctly on the View Item page.

 

Please make the required changes in your application.

 

Thanks,

eBay Developer Technical Support Team

February 2, 2011 in Best Practices, Business News, Critical Notes from Tech Support, Developer Community, Large Merchant Services | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rate Limit Changes to Shopping, Finding, and Merchandising API

To manage your call limits better, eBay is changing the basis for rate limiting API usage for the Shopping, Finding and Merchandising APIs. Starting March 1, 2011, call usage will be measured by application instead of IP address. The call counts will be aggregated for your application based on the AppID used to make the request, rather than the IP address from which the request is coming.

What does this mean to you?

If your application is making more than 5,000 calls a day, go through the compatible application check to get your call limits increased to prevent any disruption to your application.

January 7, 2011 in Best Practices, Critical Notes from Tech Support, Developer Community, Finding API, Merchandising API, Shopping API | Permalink

The Next 10 at EDP...You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Happy Holidays, Everyone! It's been a busy year and I wanted to give thanks to all of the Developers and Business Partners who have continued to support and enrich the eBay Developers Program. We wish you all continued success in the coming year.


2011 will be the 10-year anniversary of the eBay Developers Program. It's been incredible watching our program grow and blossom. Over the years, we've spent a lot of time building the "eBay" and "Program" parts of our name. I think the time is long overdue for us to rediscover the "Developers."


Developers write code. Code powers apps. Apps are shaping the world. Ergo, Developers Rule the World. Just as you and eBay together have pioneered the last decade in eCommerce, I know it will be continued Developer creativity and passion that will fuel the next. We want to help you get there.


In 2011, the eBay Developers Program will expand into new markets, engage new Developer segments, and access new customers. We'll also be adding new tools and capabilities that will make your work easier. We're also working on ways to connect you with fellow Developers, Designers, and Entrepreneurs that will complement your own capabilities.


Many Developers I talk to think of the eBay Developers Program only as Seller Tools. While it's true that this is a very active and important space in the program, it is also one with the most direct revenue opportunities. That being said, the possibilities for your app and eBay are much broader than you might think. With a slight tilt in perspective, the power of contextual commerce creates more eBay opportunities for you to earn money than you might have considered.


Tickets from StubHub or eBay Tickets to go with your HD video compression algorithm for concert videos. Milo and eBay Classifieds bring local content to your location-aware game built on FourSquare or Layar. RedLaser and eBay Research Labs might help your work with image recognition.


No matter what you're working on, I want to hear about it. Whatever wondrous thing you are working on, when it comes time to figure out how to acquire customers or when you need to tap into a real revenue stream, then think of eBay. Think of contextual commerce. Whatever you have, I can eBay'ify it. Stump me and I'll buy you a beer.


I am looking forward to the new year, to seeing what cool stuff you guys are working on, and to helping you earn more money. I hope you'll take a moment to visit us and see what we've got in the workshop that can help you.

December 16, 2010 in Developer Community | Permalink

The eBay Developers Program Goes to Cloudstock

CloudstockDevProgramPeople Cloudstock was a free one-day event at Moscone Center in San Francisco, sponsored by companies with futures in cloud programming and attended by developers with futures in cloud programming.

There were presentation sessions, a hackathon, demo stations, food and drinks, and video games. The eBay Developers Program had a demo booth there. We have thoughts about cloud computing. Also, we think that, cloudwise or otherwise, developers want to make apps that earn money. By the time we got to Cloudstock, we were half a dozen strong.

We had dozens of conversations with developers at our demo station. We'll bring more swag next time--our LEGO man and chart of the eBay functionality and APIs just about ran out. Sarika Paralkar presented her "eBay API Fundamentals" presentation, and Jon Jessup of Cloud Conversion presented about using the Force.com IDE to build apps that leverage the eBay and PayPal platforms.

Because Cloudstock is a very hackerish conference, the Hackathon was a major focus. There were prizes in 14 different categories, including a MacBook Pro for Best in Show.

Scene from Right Before the Hackathon

Hacker 1: "So, what prize are you going for?"

Hacker 2: "Whatever, man. The MacBook would be nice."

An Awesome Mashup

Of all the innovative and surprising entries in the Hackathon, we were most impressed by the one that created a Salesforce app that logged in to the eBay sandbox, listed an item, logged in as another user and bought the item, and tracked the result in the Salesforce app where it also used (we are pretty sure) the Google Prediction Engine to predict future sales.

Some Sessions

You can read blogs about some of the sessions at http://blog.cloudstockevent.com/.

December 6, 2010 in Developer Community, Program Events | Permalink