Archive for October, 2006

Imitation == Flattery

As most of you know, I work in the cut-throat world of web services. Us evangelists are always jockeying for the best developers, and we’ll take any advantage we can. No holds are (Jeff) barred. If you come up with a good edge, you better use it before someone tries to take it away.

For example, at this year’s ETech, I broke through with a killer presentation titled: “eBay Web Services: A Marketplace Platform for Fun and Profit.”

Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Patrick from Google tries to respond at this month’s ZendCon with: “Scrub (Ajax), Wash (SOAP) and REST: use Google Checkout and AdWords APIs with PHP for fun and profit.”

Popularity: 30% [?]

If it’s Saturday, I must be in DC

My travel schedule this fall has been absolutely nuts.

In September, I was in Kansas City and Seattle; so far in October, I’ve been to Austin and Washington, DC, with a conference in San Francisco, thrown in for good measure in between.

On Monday, I leave DC for three days in Las Vegas, come back to speak at a show in San Jose, where we will be exhibiting, and then leave for a weekend in Orlando nine days later.

For reasons of sanity, I will not be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.

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PHP SOAP vs. SDO

In my role as eBay Platform Evangelist, I spend a lot of time exploring different XML technologies.

SOAP is obviously the big one. I use the PHP 5 ext/soap extension, which is great, but there’s actually another PHP SOAP extension that might be even better. No, it’s not PEAR::SOAP or NuSOAP; it’s axis2.

Popularity: 38% [?]