eBay Developers Program Now Free, Challenge Launched
eBay today announced that all Developers Program members will now be able to access eBay Web Services for free. Membership will include free use of the eBay API, free certification, and the availability of paid technical support for all members. The former membership tiers have been scrapped and there are now only Developer and Affiliate levels. Free API calls are available to members using the unified schema, which was announced in February 2005. API calls made using the legacy schema will only be supported until June 2006, and will continue to be charged at the previous call rates.
The eBay Developer Challenge 2006 has been launched for eBay developers to show off their skills and create innovative applications. There are individual and team categories with top prizes of $5,000 and Xbox 360™ game consoles. eBay are particularly interested in searching tools, ideas that combine eBay features with other web services, and multi-platform applications (such as Skype integration). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2006 and winners will be announced at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California, March 6-9, 2006. More info.