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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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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.”

Mixed metaphors and the ugly imagery of Patrick in the shower aside, I am not put off in even a small way by his outright thievery. For I am already sixteen steps ahead.

I am proud to introduce, coming on October 31th, for the very first time, my latest and greatest talk: “eBay Web services: Great platform or greatest platform?”

Truly Lincolnish.

PS: You are only allowed to read this if you have a sense of humor. This is meant to be funny. I don’t think Patrick is going around stealing all my talk titles, or even just my good talk titles. Besides, I am stealing my most recent one from Stephen Cobert, so I can’t really claim ownership to that now can I?

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  1. “Good artists copy, great artists steal”

    -Pablo Picasso

  2. Adam,

    By that argument, he must have stolen my joke about the strange obsession with cleaning agents from my OSCON talk last year. :-D