eBay is moving towards a Product-Based Shopping Experience (PBSE) in 2018. With the new experience, buyers will be able to easily find merchandise that meets their search criteria and quickly decide which products they want to purchase.
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eBay developers recently combined several commonly used technologies, including Lucene search and the Stanford Natural Language Processor, to create Altus Care, a chatbot that provides an instant one-stop support solution for internal eBay Altus users.
eBay Identity has taken an ambitious goal of killing passwords for eBay users once for all. However, killing passwords is not a trivial task, as users have been using passwords as a primary authentication mechanism to access e-commerce and financial websites over the past 20+ years.
Functional Programming is more than a set of principles. It's a paradigm; a different way of thinking. It focuses on the “what” is being done, as opposed to the “how” it’s being done as in Object Oriented and Imperative paradigms.
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A/B testing is at the heart of data-driven decision making at eBay when launching product features to our site. However, the tests must be designed to carefully manage the interaction between the test and control groups.
The Expertmaker Accelerator is a well-proven data processing framework that provides fast data access, parallel execution, and automatic organization of source code, input data, and results. It can be used for daily data analysis tasks as well as operating as a live recommendation system with hundreds of thousands of large data files and many CPUs. The Accelerator is now released as open source by eBay.