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.