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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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My man Stephan Schmidt just released the first version of a kick ass eBay API PEAR package for PHP. Our XML Web services API is pretty easy to use technically, but we don’t go a great job integrating all 70+ API calls into a coherant structure.

When Stephan designed Services_Ebay, he took a step back and looked at how all the different calls should play together. This allowed him to implement a very slick object-oriented package that makes it simple to use eBay from PHP.

There are still a few tricky bits to figure out, but I’m quite impressed with what he’s done so far. Check it out. It uses lots of new PHP 5 features, such as __call() and iterators, to simplify the code, so it’s a great way for you to look at why you should be Upgrading to PHP 5. (Okay, I couldn’t resist the plug.)

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