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Preface > Hacking a Dynamic System

Hacking a Dynamic System

Change is the handmaiden Nature requires to do her miracles with.

—Mark Twain

eBay is constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of its ever-growing community (as well as its business partners). Every two weeks, in fact, eBay introduces new features and changes to its site. Some changes are subtle, like moving the location of a button or link, or updating an obscure policy. Other changes are much more dramatic.

While the first edition of this book was being written, for instance, eBay added the Calculated Shipping feature [Hack #59] , substantially changed the licensing and pricing for its Developers Program (see Chapter 8), and introduced an entirely new auction page design. And all of these changes occurred within a period of about 30 days.


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