Unlike many Web services, eBay has a large number of commercial developers who pay us money to hook up to our site. However, we’ve never gotten as many open source developers using our Web services as I want.
The obvious reason is that we charged money for access to our Production API servers, and even then we only gave you a miserly 50 calls per day. Happily, we have finally gotten rid of the $100 self-certification fee. Now you can join up at the Individual Tier and start making calls against real live eBay data without paying us a nickel.
We also upped the calls limits to 10,000 API calls per month. We think this should be enough for people to be able to write meaningful applications, but if you’re running into the limit, let me know.
Additionally, we introduced the eBay Community Codebase. Another one of the issues writing eBay Web service applications is that our APIs are quite extensive — we have over 100 APIs calls and they’ve available for 22 different countries worth of sites (plus eBay Motors). It’s possible to write some pretty complex applications. Complex enough that you’d want to work together with others on a project.
Community Codebase is a central repository of open source eBay projects with hosting, version control, mailing lists, bug trackers, and more. (Think of it as SourceForge for eBay. Actually, think of it as CollabNet for eBay, which is what it really is.)
We’ve stocked the pond with a few of our own projects, including our eBay/TiVo mashup. We’ve also been quite excited to see a bunch of other contributions, including a PHP SDK, a Perl DBD interface, and a Java category cacher.
I’m also revving up Services_Ebay development, but that’s the topic of another post.
Please come on by and check out the eBay Community Codebase.