eBay is expanding its developer program to support more Web services protocols and programming languages, the company announced last week during the OReilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.
eBays announcement meshed with one of the key themes outlined during the opening day of the conference: that major Web players such as eBay, Amazon and Google are increasingly becoming platforms themselves as they provide connections into their services and databases.
"The Internet is the platform," said Tim OReilly, founder and president of OReilly & Associates, during his opening keynote. He termed these Web sites and portals the "big, killer apps of the Internet."
eBay next quarter plans to add support in its Web services offering for Simple Object Access Protocol and Java. It has already exposed its online marketplace to developers through an XML-based API as well as a Windows software development kit for .Net integration.