MIX06: Using Web Services in Your Gadget/Widget

Posted in Conferences, Companies, Development on March 23, 2009

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Gadget/Widget platforms, such as live.com, have a natural integration with sites, such as eBay, using Web services. Gadgets are great for monitoring the status of ever-changing data; the eBay marketplace is always in flux. However, there are unique challenges you will need to overcome in order to use Web services in your gadget, such as security constraints, authentication, data overload, and more. This breakout session discusses how to use Web services within live.com and similar platforms, and dives into some real-world examples of gadgets/widgets that use third-party Web services.

Alan Lewis
Alan Lewis is a technical evangelist with the eBay Developers Program and has been at eBay since 2004. He works with third parties who want to use the eBay Web Services platform to develop applications that help users sell, search, and buy on eBay. Before joining eBay he worked for a number of years as a technical writer and product manager at Blaze Software, where he helped build the market leading enterprise business rules management product. Alan has a BA in philosophy from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a self-taught Java and C# coder. Alan blogs at alanlewis.typepad.com.

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