EBay launches programs for developers

EBay expanded the application development programs for its auction site and its online payment unit PayPal when with an...

EBay expanded the application development programmes for its auction site and its online payment unit PayPal when with an announcement at its annual eBay Developers Conference.

It is opening up its developers' programme to members of its affiliate programme, and has created a directory of third-party software and services available for eBay buyers and sellers. PayPal announced a new software development kit for Microsoft's .net developers.

EBay and PayPal have been encouraging developers to create
e-commerce applications that tap into functionality from their platforms through application programming interfaces and software development kits.

For example, Consumer Depot, a liquidator of surplus computer products, initially sold merchandise via eBay manually, but the volume of business quickly exceeded Consumer Depot's ability to process orders.

So it joined the eBay Developers Programme and built an application that automates the sales process by linking its back-end inventory and accounting system with the eBay platform.

The application automates the placement of orders, updating of inventory, printing of shipping labels and fulfillment processing and let the company go from running 200 to 1,000 eBay auctions per day.

The eBay Solutions Directory will list software and services that eBay users can tap to enhance their buying and selling activities.

The PayPal software development kit for Microsoft's ASP.net aims to simplify the creation of .net applications that can tap into the PayPal platform.

Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG

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