December 2006

Newsletter #20

Greetings AWS Developers,

Among this month’s developer goodies, updates, and community highlights, we’ve made available a cool new sample application, which is a mash-up of three of our web services. But we’d like to hear from you as well – we’re seeing all kinds of useful code samples and libraries in the community, so feel free to share! You can find out how to submit your code to the Resource Center in the “What’s That Tune?” segment below. From all of us at Amazon Web Services, best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.

Kathrin Oetjen
Amazon Web Services

  • What’s That Tune? A Mash-up of 3 AWS Services…
  • Amazon SQS: New Signature Tester and Code Samples
  • Amazon ECS: Recent Enhancements
  • Amazon EC2: Beta Program Update
  • Solutions Catalog Highlights – What Your Peers Are Building
  • Upcoming Events
  • AWS Developers in the News
  • What’s that tune? A Mash-up of 3 AWS Services…

    Check out this .NET application built using C# and WinForms that uses three of our web services: Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon S3, and Amazon ECS. The application records audio from a user’s microphone, saves the audio to Amazon S3, creates a HIT in Amazon Mechanical Turk that asks for the worker to name the tune, then uses the HIT result to search for a related album on using Amazon ECS. Pick your favorite holiday tune, test drive the application, then re-use the code.

    Access “What’s That Tune?”

    Have a code sample you want to share? Submit it to the Resource Center by clicking on “Recommend your code” here.

    Amazon SQS: New Signature Tester and Code Samples

    If you’ve already started using Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) or are looking to get started, try the new signature tester and additional code samples. The signature tester, similar to the one available for Amazon S3, helps developers create successfully authenticated HTTP Query requests. Simply plug in the code returned in the response for a failed request and see the signature that Amazon SQS was expecting. Also new are a Java code sample at that uses the REST API and works with both JRE 1.4 and JRE 1.5, and a PHP test utility that demonstrates how easy it is to interact with Amazon SQS.

    Signature Tester

    Java REST code sample

    PHP Test Utility

    Have a code sample you want to share? Submit it to the Resource Center.

    Amazon ECS: Recent Enhancements

    Amazon E-Commerce Service (Amazon ECS) has introduced numerous product enhancements over the past few months. If you’re an Amazon ECS developer or are considering using this service, check out the following new features and improvements:

    More data…
    • Product promotion information
    • More Search Indexes: new search indexes include Automotive (US), Sports (Germany, Japan), Electronics (France), Health and Personal Care (Japan)
    • TopSellers and NewReleases (all locales)
    • Seller feedback summary and other useful seller information
    Service enhancements…
    • Browse Nodes: BrowseNodeLookup returns the entire tree up to the root node, and BrowseNode is now internationally supported in all locales.
    • Offer response groups: more efficient with more useful data, e.g. quantity, availability, amount and percentage saved.
    • Customer Reviews: ability to sort based on various criteria (e.g. Helpful Votes, Overall Rating, Submission Date)

    Read more about Amazon ECS’ recent releases.

    Learn more about Amazon ECS.

    Amazon EC2: Beta Program Update

    Just a quick update to let you know that while the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) limited beta program is currently closed, we encourage you to learn more about the service and if interested, request to be contacted when additional spots become available.

    Note: the use of Amazon EC2 requires the use of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Please also sign up for Amazon S3 so that when capacity becomes available in Amazon EC2, we can enable you.

    Step 1: Learn about Amazon EC2 and request to be contacted when capacity becomes available by clicking “Sign Up For Web Service”.

    Step 2: Sign up for Amazon S3.

    Solutions Catalog Highlights – What Your Peers Are Building

    Lots of great new applications built on top of Amazon Web Services! Browse through some of this month’s additions to the Solutions Catalog.

    The Email Hosting System
    Provides email hosting to tens of thousands of small, medium, and geographically dispersed businesses, built using Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, and Amazon SQS.

    A web site built for people who wonder, “what do I do with all of my family’s photos and movies?” Built using Amazon S3.

    A fast, accurate and profitable scouting tool for Amazon Marketplace sellers, built using Amazon ECS.

    Not listed in the Solutions Catalog yet? Read more about this and other developer co-marketing.

    Check out the AWS blog for more news about AWS developers and their applications.

    Upcoming Events

    Join AWS evangelists Jinesh Varia and Mike Culver as they visit with various user groups and special interest groups across the country.

    Madison .NET User Group – Madison, WI
    December 06, 2006
    Mike Culver

    South Sound .NET Users Group – Olympia, WA
    December 07, 2006
    Jinesh Varia

    SD Forum Emerging Technology SIG – Palo Alto, CA
    December 13, 2006
    Jinesh Varia

    Microsoft & Partners Technologies SIG – Pleasanton, CA
    December 14, 2006
    Mike Culver

    AWS Developers in the News

    Catch Don MacAskill, CEO of popular online photo sharing site SmugMug, talking to Byte and Switch about how Amazon S3 saves his business money.

    Read the article

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