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To support the world’s largest internet marketplace, eBay tackles technical challenges at a scale that few others have. With this blog, we share our experiences working on those challenges with the technical community.

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Thinking Inside the Box
By: Dan Slightam

The use of Augmented Reality in mobile app development is gaining momentum very quickly. eBay just introduced its first AR features into the Android mobile app.

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Finding Desirable Items in eBay Search by a Deep Dive into Skipped Items
By: Ishita Khan

When you search on eBay and there are many matching listings, how does eBay figure out which ones to rank at the top? One key ingredient is to determine how well the listing matches the intent of the query.

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OpenAPI–An eBay Perspective
By: Shekhar Banerjee

Searching for a new specification for our API contracts: the WHYs, WHATs, HOWs on OpenAPI adoption and our journey so far, including feature highlights and a discussion on the exciting possibilities.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising on eBay
By: Scott McDowell

For many years, eBay has provided the ability to sell items to benefit a given charity or nonprofit organization through our eBay for Charity program. Now eBay sellers can list an item and have the funds raised credited to their favorite Event, Team, and/or Participant.

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Contextual Advertising for eBay Affiliate Marketing
By: Mukund Thiyagarajan

eBay uses various marketing channels to funnel new and existing customers to the site, and one of them is the eBay affiliate program. This article talks about a way to contextually advertise on our affiliate sites based on the content on the page.

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Faster E-commerce Search
By: Roberto Konow

The search engine plays an essential role in e-Commerce: it connects the user's need with a set of relevant items based on a query. This is not a simple task; millions of queries per second need to be processed over possibly billions of items, and it is expected that every query will be executed in just a few hundred milliseconds using limited resources. In this article, we show how we improved eBay's search engine efficiency by over 25%, inspired by a technique coming from web search.

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Elasticsearch Performance Tuning Practice at eBay
By: Pei Wang

Elasticsearch is an open source search and analytic engine based on Apache Lucene that allows users to store, search, analyze data in near real time. While Elasticsearch is designed for fast queries, the performance depends largely on the scenarios that apply to your application, the volume of data you are indexing, and the rate at which applications and users query your data. This document summarizes the challenges as well as the process and tools that the Pronto team builds to address the challenges in a strategic way. It also shows certain results of benchmarking various configurations for illustration.

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Beyond HTTPS
By: Senthil Padmanabhan

HTTPS is not just about security. There are many benefits that come along with it. One such benefit is access to modern technologies. Check out how eBay leverages some of these new technologies that HTTPS opens up.

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Android Accessibility Automation with Espresso
By: KP Bhat

As one of the accessibility champions in our company and a digital inclusion proponent, I have always tried to explore new avenues to improve accessibility across the different platforms that we support. According to the World Bank, 15% of the world’s population has some type of disability. Adding accessibility features makes using mobile apps easier for all users, not just those with disabilities.

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Experience Services — eBay’s Solution to Multi-Screen Application Development
By: Chuck Zheng and Senthil Padmanabhan

Many companies want to offer their products and services as both web and native experiences -- so-called multi-screen application development. Application development on various devices is historically siloed. The eBay Experience Service interface abstracts most business logic/knowledge away from clients to provide new functionality to native and web apps with minimum or no client code change.

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The Future of Marko
By: Patrick Steele-Idem

At eBay, we’ve completely transformed how we build web applications, starting with the transition from a Java-based stack to a Node.js-based stack. Node.js has enabled teams to move faster, and it offers an abundant ecosystem of tools and libraries that are essential to modern web application development.

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Google Sign-In Integration for the eBay Android App
By: Senthilkumar Gopal

Every day we hear news of data breaches and passwords being stolen or compromised.

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