PayPal developer community using Drupal

Drupal continues to rack up successes among large developer communities, with x.commerce joining Twitter, which made the move last month. X.commerce is a new division of PayPal that serves as an open, central meeting place for over 700,000 developers for eBay, PayPal, Magento, and other eBay properties.

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These communities join those of Brightcove, Symantec, DivX -- and, of course, Drupal. All told, that's millions of developers relying on Drupal-run sites for coding tips, product info, and idea exchange.

x.commerce's communities were formerly run on Jive, a proprietary package. Through Acquia, eBay engaged VML to create the site, with additional consulting by Cyrve (now part of Acquia) to migrate data. Acquia provided a Technical Account Manager (TAM), who helped coordinate resources to put the site into production and will be on call as it grows.

Like many developer sites, x.commerce centers around its documentation and its communities. The latter are a model of social networking at its best, in the service of a question-and-answer format. Developers help each other by responding directly to questions, either publicly or through private email; vote on questions (and answers) to highlight those of importance; promote conversations through other social sites such as Facebook; and bookmark discussions to form personal collections. The results are evident in the enormous level of activity within the forums (which, by the way, are built on Organic Groups).

This project is an excellent example of how open-source software drives innovation. Under Jive, eBay wasn't able to develop features that it needed. If eBay needed to do something that wasn't in Jive's roadmap, that was just too bad. Drupal, of course, allows them to create whatever they need, or developers outside the company to do it. That jibes well with x.commerce's ethos of open development, as is demonstrated by the extensive APIs it provides for eBay and PayPal, and the freedom the company allows its developers. I believe that their openness is a key factor to their success -- there are over 4,500 apps on Magento alone -- and that their move to Drupal will allow them to grow at the speed of their community.

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John Faber (not verified):

I had x.com present at SFDUG last month! What we need is the x.com developer community focused on Drupal so we can have a real commerce solution, something we are sorely missing right now. Please help make this happen. The commerce solutions which are Drupal native need a lot of work. Without a robust commerce solution/integration for Drupal we will fall behind as a real solution for the enterprise.

October 13, 2011 - 03:21
JoaquĆ­n Bravo (not verified):

Wow. Great news. And are there any details about how is the site built? Is it built with a distribution like commons?

October 13, 2011 - 05:14
Moshe Weitzman (not verified):

I would say that the architecture is 'Commons Inspired'. Drupal Commons isn't actually available for Drupal 7 yet so thats what the 'Insipred' is all about. The architecture comes from Commons for sure.

October 14, 2011 - 21:49
Daglees (not verified):

I've been using the AdaptivePayments API SDK from the x.com and was thrilled to find out it was powered by Drupal. It's gorgeous and responsive too.

God bless Drupal.

October 13, 2011 - 09:40
Anonymous (not verified):

Awesome news about X.commerce moving to Drupal! Hooray! @Dries, you might want to remove the reference to DivX (http://labs.divx.com/Develop) because those guys are dissolving their Drupal support team and migrating everything to Red Dot or a custom Rails app or something like that because they don't want to be bothered with supporting another platform in-house. The rest of the companies on this list are going strong, and for that, we thank you!

October 13, 2011 - 16:51

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