Michael Galpin has written a fascinating two part series on IBM Developer Works describing the evolution of eBay's architecture to an Eclipse-based plug-in framework that helped them solve some thorny front-end scalability issues.
"The V4 architecture took the approach of representing everything that was going to be used on the front end with strongly typed Java objects on the back end. Does your page use an image? Then there is a
I'm sure my girlfriend could probably care less about the magic happening behind the scenes here. But maybe, just maybe, the next time she's bidding on that gold bracelet, there will be a momentary appreciation of the work the good folks at eBay are doing to help her 'eBay refreshes' render at lightning speed.