Tech Blog Archive

Advertising in Engineering

Multi-Relevance Ranking Model for Similar Item Recommendation

Buyers reveal a whole range of behaviors and interests when they browse our pages, so we decided to incorporate these additional purchase intent signals into our machine learning model to improve the relevance of our recommended items.

By: Chen Xue, Applied Researcher
Developer Tools in Engineering

OpenFeature, With Contributions From eBay, Submitted to CNCF's Sandbox Program

The new open feature flagging standard enables companies to deliver cloud-native applications more effectively.

By: Justin Abrahms, Principal Architect, Chair of eBay's Open Source Program
Competitions in Engineering

eBay’s 3rd University Machine Learning Competition: Predicting Shipping Delivery Dates

For our annual ML competition, we challenged university students to predict how many days a carrier takes to deliver packages.

By: Uwe Mayer, Senior Applied Researcher
Advertising in Engineering

Improving Shopping Recommendations for Customers Through eBay’s Relevance Cascade Model

Under the new machine learning model, buyers are recommended items that are more aligned to their shopping interests on eBay.

By: Chen Xue, Applied Researcher
Deep Learning in Engineering

Building a Deep Learning Based Retrieval System for Personalized Recommendations

A step-by-step guide on how to build a state-of-the-art recommender system in an industrial setting.

By: Yuri M. Brovman
Developer Tools in Engineering

How eBay Developed an Automatic Testing Solution for Batch Application Upgrades

A look at how our eBay technologists created an automatic testing solution for batch applications.

By: Paul Zhang and Tao Jin
Developer Productivity in Engineering

Creating High-Quality Staging Data with a NoSQL Data Migration System

At eBay, we’ve focused on improving our staging environment to increase our software delivery speed, which ultimately allows us to launch features faster to our customers. Over the last several months, we’ve raised the quality of our staging data by establishing a dedicated and scalable data migration system.

By: Ramesh Periyathambi
Advertising in Product

Expanding the eBay Ads Portfolio with Promoted Listings Express

Sellers can now promote their auction listings on eBay.

By: Courtney Mayeda and Brendan Cleary
Developer Tools in Engineering

A Lightweight Distributed Architecture to Handle Thousands of Library Releases at eBay

A new lightweight distributed architecture is proposed and applied on eBay’s release system to support thousands of libraries release work in high efficiency.

By: Tao Jin and Paul Zhang
Cloud in Engineering

GraphLoad: A Framework to Load and Update Over Ten-Billion-Vertex Graphs with Performance and Consistency

GraphLoad is a scalable graph loading framework eBay developed and deployed in production. It has been loading and updating a graph with over 15 billion vertices and over 20 billion edges since May 2020.

By: Tom Schweiger, Hieu Nguyen, Jun Li, Leo Hu and Sakilaa Gopalsamy
Developer Tools in Engineering

eBay’s Mavenization Strategy of Legacy Domain Business Libraries

A brand new methodology to ameliorate the development and release process for eBay site business

By: Paul Zhang and Tao Jin
Developer Productivity in Engineering

The Staging Dichotomy: Part Two

A two-part series on how eBay turned around an impeding staging environment into its biggest asset for developer productivity.

By: Senthil Padmanabhan
Developer Productivity in Engineering

The Staging Dichotomy: Part One

A two-part series on how eBay turned around an impeding staging environment into its biggest asset for developer productivity.

By: Senthil Padmanabhan
Data Infrastructure and Services in Engineering

eBay’s Global Secondary Indexes

How eBay enabled a real-time, distributed and performant index service for its NuData platform, a large-scale, in-house database platform

By: Jung-Sang Ahn and Dongho Kim
Frontend Engineering in Engineering

Rethink Modals Management in React

A small, zero-dependency utility to manage modals for React.

By: Nate Wang and Feng Xie
Java in Engineering

eBay Event Notification Platform: Listener SDKs

How eBay’s new event notification platform supports asynchronous communication for our API partners

By: Lokesh Rishi, Lead Software Engineer
User Experience in Product

Faster Shipping Speeds for Cross-Border Orders

eBay is making it easier for our customers to ship items faster and know when their items will arrive.

By: Kunal Goel, Senior Product Manager, Technical
Microservices in Research

Groot: eBay’s Event-graph-based Approach for Root Cause Analysis

The framework achieves great coverage and performance across different incident triaging scenarios, and also outperforms other state-of-the-art root cause analysis methodologies.

By: Hanzhang Wang, Applied Researcher
Service Architecture in Engineering

The Engineering Behind Coded Coupons, eBay’s New Seller Tool

This tool was developed by using a dual-write system — including Oracle and MongoDB.

By: Senthilkumar Gopal
Developer Tools in Engineering

Surfacing eBay Inventory Across the Web with the eBay Items Widget

The new open-source widget gives developers several layout options for displaying eBay inventory in third-party shopping experiences.

By: Lokesh Rishi, Lead Software Engineer
eBay Connect 2021: Powered by You Banner with Maroon Hexagons Next to a Globe
Developer Tools in Engineering

eBay Connect 2021: How Our Newest APIs Are Enhancing Customer Experiences

With some of our most innovative third-party developers attending eBay Connect this year, we shared new API capabilities as well as opportunities to enhance user experiences.

By: Tanya Vlahovic, Head of Developer Ecosystem & Distinguished Architect
Shipping Signals Image with Green Shopping Icons
User Experience in Product

Simplifying Shipping Signals on eBay

eBay is making it easier for our customers to know when their items will arrive with the new streamlined interface.

By: Shuja Rahman, Director of Product Management
Advertising in Product

eBay's Enhanced Advertising Dashboard

This upgrade to the Advertising dashboard enables sellers to easily check their Promoted Listings performance and leverage valuable insights to scale their businesses.

By: Licy Ambrose, Gokulnath Palanivel and Courtney Mayeda
Data Infrastructure and Services in Engineering

Block Aggregator: Real-time Data Ingestion from Kafka to ClickHouse with Deterministic Retries

Learn about the message-processing engine eBay developed to avoid data loss or duplication during delivery from Kafka to ClickHouse.

By: Mohammad Roohitavaf and Jun Li
Hadoop in Engineering

Optimizing Analytics Data Processing on eBay’s New Open-Source-Based Platform

See how eBay adopted a five-level tuning strategy for an in-house analytics tool to exceed a legacy vendor’s performance.

By: Rongguan Fu, Tianyou Li and Naveen Dhanpal
Hadoop in Engineering

Unpacking eBay’s New SQL Authoring Tool for Data Creation and Management

Discover how eBay built a tool for data modeling, ETL and SQL editing to enhance our analytics platform.

By: Stanley Chen, Gavin Zhu and Valerie Steinbrugge
Hadoop in Engineering

Explore eBay’s New Optimized Spark SQL Engine for Interactive Analysis

See how eBay created an optimized SQL solution to enhance speed, stability and scalability in service of a new open-source-based analytics platform.

By: Gang Ma, Lisa Li and Naveen Dhanpal
Developer Tools in Engineering

AsyncAPI 2.0: Enabling the Event-Driven World

Learn about how eBay is standardizing on and publishing AsyncAPI Specification 2.0-based contracts for event notifications.

By: Shekhar Banerjee, Principal Architect
Hadoop in Engineering

From Vendor to In-house: How eBay Reimagined Its Analytics Landscape

Learn how eBay transitioned its analytics data platform from a vendor-based data warehouse to an open-source-based solution built by the team.

By: Medha Samant and Valerie Steinbrugge