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 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

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

Introducing the new eBay China Developers Program!

eBay's cross-border business in the Asia Pacific region has seen rapid growth in the past 3 years, and China's growth in 2009 is especially amazing!

With China's strong business growth, third-party applications and API development have been in strong demand. In the past 2 years, eBay has drawn approximately 200 new developers, 20 private solutions and a number of public API solutions. Meanwhile, in order to promote API development, eBay's Cross-border Trade team and China Development Center successfully held 2 Developer Seminars in China in 2009 and 2008.

Our experience tells us that language, time difference and service fees have been major barriers for developers in China. To more effectively help China developers grow, eBay is launching the eBay China API Developer Program in 2010 to address these issues.

Our Target

  • Build an active eBay API Developer Community for Greater China
  • Grow the number of API applications designed for cross-border trade to provide support for sellers in Greater China

Our Plan

  • Provide local engineering and consulting support for all China developers for FREE!
  • Host a Developer Seminar in Shenzhen in 2010 to focus on API development, inviting experienced developers for best practice sharing

For more information on eBay China Developer Program, please visit our dedicated forum: China Dev Community,
or contact our API technical support & consulting team at





因此,我们希望在2010年通过建立eBay中国API 开发者计划 来更好的服务于为广大中国地区的开发人员们。

·       建立一个活跃的开发者社区,供大中华区的开发者们更便捷地交流以及分享经验。
·       孵化更多针对跨国贸易的高质量API应用程序,以帮助中国的卖家更好地经营他们的eBay业务


欲了解更多详情,欢迎您参与我们的开发者论坛:China Dev Community


June 7, 2010 in Business News, Program Events | Permalink

Best eBay app? Nominate yourself for a 2010 eBay Star Developer Award!


It's that time again! We're opening up nominations for our annual eBay Star Developer Awards that we honor every year at the eBay Developers Conference, happening this June. Developers and their applications are eligible to be nominated if they build apps using the eBay API platform and if they have represented the very best of the eBay developer community over the past year in one of our nomination categories.

This year, we've got five categories for eBay API developers for our 2009-2010 awards:

For inspiration, check out our 2009 Star Developer Award winners.

Please send your nomination to us (by clicking any of the above categories to nominate your favorite app), no later than Friday, April 23rd. Be sure to include:

  • Your name and contact info
  • The nominee's name and contact info.Yes, you can nominate yourself!
  • The award category, and a brief explanation as to why you think the application is worthy of consideration

Also, be sure to register by April 23rd to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing of just $99 for the eBay Developers Conference 2010, happening Tuesday -- Thursday, June 8-10 in the heart of Silicon Valley -- downtown San Jose, CA!

Don't miss this great pricing for an amazing event, and get your nominations in no later than Friday, April 23rd!

April 7, 2010 in Cool Tools, Developers Conference, Program Events | Permalink

2010 eBay Developers Program Survey Coming Soon!

Keep your eyes open for an invitation to take the 2010 eBay Developers Program Survey. The survey is your opportunity to provide us with direct feedback to improve our program to better meet your needs.

Results from past surveys of our developer community resulted in improvements to our Developer Sandbox,  Developer Tools and our communications regarding API changes.

We are working with a company called Qualtrics, so please look for our email in early April with a link to the survey on their site.

Please take this opportunity to share your opinions with us.

March 25, 2010 in Developer Website, Program Events | Permalink

It's time! Registration opens for eBay Developer's Conference 2010

DevCon-Logo-Medium Save the date and grab your seat now for this year’s DevCon!

It’s time! Registration has opened ( for the 9th annual Developers Conference, which will be held on Jun 8-10 in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA. We’re planning a great lineup of networking events like our annual Beer Bash, hands on sessions to get you working deep within our code, keynotes and one-on-one opportunities with some of the leading thought leaders in eCommerce.

Starting today, you can register for only $99. And if you want to make the most of your time at DevCon, take advantage of PreConference sessions (  for only $50 more!

Are you a student and want to build on you educational foundation?  Show us a valid student ID and you can attend DevCon sessions for just $49! Know some brilliant up and coming developers? Pass on the information and help them get ahead of the competition!

We’ll be announcing some great keynotes in the upcoming weeks as well as releasing the schedule of sessions. Keep checking the website to keep abreast of everything DevCon 2010. (

See you there!

March 9, 2010 in Business News, Developers Conference, Program Events | Permalink

Reminder: DevCon Call for Papers Closes Feb 26!

Time is running out to submit your topic for a possible eBay Developers Conference session. The Call for Papers closes Feb 26.

We are looking for interesting subjects and points of view that address real world challenges and advancements in e-commerce, from both business and technical perspectives. Do you know all about shipping, security, storage, checkout or marketing your solution to your customers? Then please share!

If selected, you'll get a free conference pass, plus one free night hotel stay. Plus the awe and admiration of your peers!

Where? When? DevCon 2010 being held this summer at a NEW location in the San Francisco Bay Area that we'll be announcing soon. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it. Submit your topic today!

February 24, 2010 in Developers Conference, Program Events | Permalink

First eBay: On Location City Announced

eBay: On Location

eBay just announced the first of their eBay: On Location events happening in Atlanta March 19-20.

eBay: On Location is a new series of day-and-a-half long, in-person, educational and networking events designed to give part-time eBay sellers and small businesses on eBay practical information and business insights. Courses and interactive sessions will be presented by both eBay experts and third-party business and branding leaders.

Early Bird registration ends February 16.

eBay Sellers will find eBay: On Location a great way to learn from eBay and from each other. eBay Developers should keep their eyes on the Developers Program blog for information on the upcoming 2010 eBay Developers Conference.

The eBay DevCon call for papers closes February 26, so get your proposals in now and share your expertise with the rest of the eBay Developer Community.

For more information on eBay: On Location, see
For information on the eBay Developers Conference and the Call for Papers, see

February 8, 2010 in Business News, Developers Conference, Program Events | Permalink

Join Us for a Webinar on the Spring 2010 API Changes

Please join us today for a webinar on the Spring 2010 changes. This webinar is open to anyone developing with the eBay API.

We'll be reviewing the announced Spring 2010 changes and answering any questions you may have about the new features.

Meeting Link:
Starting date:   Thursday, January 28, 2010
Starting time:   1:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time (San Jose, GMT-08:00)
Meeting number:   592 777 078

Call-in toll-free number

1-866-9363229  (US/Canada)

Call-in number

1-678-2245140  (US/Canada)

Conference Code: 625 487 9

January 28, 2010 in Business News, Product News, Program Events, Shopping API, Trading API | Permalink

eBay DevCon - Call for Papers

Are you ready for DevCon 2010?

We’re pleased to announced that the Call for Papers for this year’s DevCon has been opened and we’d like  your participation. We are looking for interesting subjects and points of view that address real world challenges and advancements in e-commerce, from both business and technical perspectives.

Share experiences you encountered in learning or building applications on the eBay or PayPal API platforms. Speak on topics of interest to developers who are involved in all the elements of e-commerce, including shipping, security, storage, checkout or marketing your solution to your customers.

By submitting your topic no later than February 26, 2010, you may be chosen to lead a conference session! Plus, selected speakers receive free registration for DevCon and one night hotel stay.

Where? When? Stay tuned -- we’ll be releasing details about dates and location soon!


January 21, 2010 in Business News, Developer Community, Developers Conference, Program Events | Permalink

We are 9! The 9th Anniversary of the eBay Developers Program

Many changes have taken place since our 8th anniversary:

  • In August 2009, eBay opened its new App Store for Sellers, offering developers the ability to embed their business productivity applications in My eBay, where hundreds of thousands of eBay Sellers currently manage their online business.
  • As of Q3 2009, the eBay Developers Program has grown to more than 100,000 members who have created over 13,000 live applications.
  • More than 60% of all listings come through eBay Web services, with over 30% coming through third-party tools via the eBay Developers Program.
  • In Q3 2009, the eBay Platform handled over 27 billion Web service requests.
  • Five developers were honored this year with annual eBay Star Developer Awards for improving user experience, helping sellers adapt to rapid improvements in eBay Marketplaces, providing product input that improves the API platform for the eBay developer community, and more.

2009 eBay Star Developer Awards winners are:

Thank you all for another great year! :-)

December 2, 2009 in Best Practices, Business News, Developer Community, Developer Education, Developer Website, Partner News, Product News, Program Events | Permalink