Archive for Adam Trachtenberg

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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 Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

World Bowl XIV

I just discovered the Frankfurt Fire will clash with the Amsterdam Admirals this Saturday in the World Bowl XIV in Dusseldorf. I may need to sneak out of the eBay Live! Germany party to catch the second half, as I suspect I will never be so close to an NFL Europe game again. :)

Wait! Wait! I never got a chance to love you!

Note to my streaming radio channel: White Lion‘s “Wait” is not classic rock. It’s a classic. It’s rock. But it’s not classic rock.

Now I only wanna say “I love you” one more time…

My favorite new style of printf

I just discovered vsprintf(), which accepts a formatting string and an array of arguments:

// logging function that accepts printf-style formatting
// it prints a time stamp, the string, and a new line
function logf() {
	$date = date(DATE_RSS);
	$args = func_get_args();
	$format = array_shift($args);

	return print "$date: " . vsprintf($format, $args) . "\n";

Just sharing.

eBay Developers Conference 2006

With less than a month to go, this year’s eBay Developers Conference is really beginning to gel. I’ve been working with a number of people all across eBay to put together a great show. So far, we’ve got:

  • Tracks on eBay, PayPal, Skype,, and ProStores Web services and APIs
  • Sessions on, for lack of a better phrase, “Web 2.0” content, including AJAX, widgets, XUL, mashups, and Chris Anderson presenting on “the long tail.”
  • Keynote talks by Pierre Omidyar & Scott Cook, the head of eBay corporate strategy, and the head of eBay corporate architecture.
  • Business talks and panels by Digg founder Kevin Rose, SocialText founder Ross Mayfield, SixApart’s Anil Dash, SoftTech Venture Consulting’s Jeff Clavier, and others.
  • A half day unconference, where you can get together to share your knowledge on the topics that matter to you. (Check out our Conference Wiki to start participating before the show begins.)
  • An opening kick off party at the House of Blues, a beer bash the next night, and general Vegas fun and glamour. (Did I mention the show is in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino?)

Best Outlook error message… ever

I got this error message when I tried to import an event from Evite:

Outlook error message

I must hand it to the programmer or QA engineer who came up with that test case. Too bad, as best I can tell, it’s totally wrong. Unless, of course, Evite’s moved over to the lunar calendar.

Skype: 100,000,000 Users and Counting

If you go to the Skype home page at the right time tomorrow, you can watch the user counter roll to 100,000,000. (As of 6:12 Pacific it’s at 99,911,164.)

That means the Skype userbase has almost doubled since eBay bought it last fall. Wow.

The Economist on “New Media”

There I was, peacefully reading The Economist.

I made it through the essay advocating kicking Rummy to the curb. I made it through the piece on Hamas. I thought it was safe to venture into the “SPECIAL REPORT ON NEW MEDIA.”

I was wrong.

It started innocently enough, with a review of Ben and Mina. No surprise finding them here.

But then came the unexpected. Out of the blue.

Hardcore quotations from one Jeremy Zawodny, “a prominent blogger and software engineer at Yahoo!, an internet portal.”

Man am I jealous. That lucky bastard. :)

eBay Express is Live

We’ve finally rolled out eBay Express, our new fixed-price shopping site. In fine Web 2.0 fashion, it’s a beta (well, technically, it’s a preview). However, I’ve been playing with an internal release for a few weeks now and it’s already in quite fine shape.