September 2007

Newsletter #29

Greetings AWS Developers,

As the summer winds down, we have lots of AWS activity to report, beginning with the exciting launch of several new customer applications built on Amazon FPS, and ECS’ release of a new tagging feature. Be sure to browse through the suite of new resources that will help you plug into AWS infrastructure services, and come find us at a strong collection of start-up events and user groups this month. Enjoy!

Kathrin Jackson
Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon FPS Customers are Up and Running!
  • Amazon ECS: Launch of New Tagging Feature
  • Upcoming AWS Start-up Events: Bay Area, New York, Cambridge
  • Developer Resources to Power Your Infrastructure
  • Web Services Developer Contest
  • Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building
  • Upcoming Events
  • Amazon FPS Customers are Up and Running!

    With the Amazon FPS launch just a few weeks behind us, we’re thrilled to see a variety of new applications built on FPS running live in production. You can do anything from purchasing music or paying your buddy, to buying a stained glass gift. Check out these brand new FPS-integrated applications:

    Jungle Disk – A backup solution which stores data in Amazon S3 and uses FPS to handle one-time payments for purchasing the PC-based software.

    Jungle Payments – Allows anyone with an Amazon Payments account to receive money from a specified sender by enabling the recipient to set this up using a simple HTML form instead of consuming the Amazon FPS API directly.

    Buxfer – Uses Amazon FPS’s marketplace functionality to provide money transmission between two third parties. Users record their IOUs in the Buxfer UI and settle with recipients using their bank accounts or Amazon Payments account balances.

    Necodo – Online music site specializing in electronica music. Necodo uses Amazon FPS to allow customers to use an Amazon Payments account to purchase Necodo “credits,” which are then applied to music purchases.

    Get started in the Amazon FPS Sandbox, the best place to begin using Amazon FPS.

    Amazon ECS: Launch of New Tagging Feature

    Amazon ECS recently launched a feature to expose the tagging capability on A Tag is a descriptive word or phrase that is associated with some uniquely identifiable product or item on Using tags, customers can easily mark any product on the Amazon retail web site with a keyword or phrase (a tag) that has meaning to them and a relationship to the product. Customers can then quickly find products organized by the tags that they or other customers have entered. Tagging has become increasingly popular on more and more sites, and the new ECS tagging feature enables developers to enhance customer experience on their own web sites or applications, for example by providing “search by tag” as an alternative to traditional search.

    For more details on using ECS’ tagging feature, please refer to the latest Developer Guide.

    Upcoming AWS Start-up Events: Bay Area, New York, Cambridge

    Calling all start-up leaders and developer-entrepreneurs! Join us for an exclusive half-day event for start-up founders and VCs to discuss how AWS empowers entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable growth.

    Stanford, CA
    The Stanford Faculty Club – September 12th, 2-7pm
    Reception sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    RSVP – Stanford

    San Francisco, CA
    Mezzanine – September 13th, 2-7pm
    Reception sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Bay Partners
    RSVP – San Francisco

    New York, NY
    The Great Hall – September 26th, 2-7pm
    RSVP – New York

    Cambridge, MA
    Hotel@MIT – September 27th, 2-7pm
    RSVP – Cambridge

    Developer Resources to Power Your Infrastructure

    If you’re looking to plug into AWS infrastructure to power your applications, take a read through the following resources to help you get going with Amazon S3, EC2, and SQS.

    Automated Server Pool Management in Java
    Known to most AWS developers as “s31-amazon” in the Forums, David Kavanagh reveals his true identity as he profiles software that manages a pool of servers using Amazon EC2, Amazon SQS, and Amazon S3.

    Using Amazon S3 from Amazon EC2 with Ruby
    Amazon S3 provides a good distributed storage solution for accessing the distributed computing power of Amazon EC2. Using Ruby scripts like s3sync and s3cmd at the command line, you can move data to and from EC2 instances in your computing cloud.

    Amazon SQS: The Queue as Glue
    A screencast by AWS Evangelist Mike Culver about Amazon Simple Queue Service and why it’s the glue that holds Service-Oriented Architecture applications together.

    AWS for Voice Applications

    Give your AWS-based applications a voice! In advance of the Sylantro Global Summit in October, Sylantro Systems Corporation and Thomas Howe Company are holding a mash up contest under the theme “Reinventing Voice,” where voice moves from the “wire room” to the web. Use AWS in conjunction with Sylantro’s web services and other voice APIs to build new applications, or voice-enable your existing ones. Winners will present their applications in front of executive-level decision makers from some of the leading wire line and wireless phone service providers and communications equipment providers.

    Learn More

    Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building

    A web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos, each a customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Using patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design, the result is a user’s own personal creation with the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer. Built using Amazon S3, EC2, and SQS.

    Provides the fastest, easiest way to share and protect all your videos and photos. For life. Phanfare’s online video and photo sharing service provides customers with private, permanent, polished, advertising-free online albums. Phanfare offers consumers personalized web galleries with unlimited storage and flexible security controls. Built using Amazon S3.

    Provides web-based access to your Amazon S3 account. Upload, download, move, rename, zip, and more.

    Not listed in the Solutions Catalog yet? Start with our community co-marketing.

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

    Upcoming Events

    Don’t forget to let the AWS evangelists know where you’d like them to visit!

    Twin Cities Linux User Group – Minneapolis, MN
    September 5, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Chippewa Valley .NET Users Group – Eau Claire, WI
    September 6, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Austin On Rails User Group – Austin, TX
    September 10, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Fort Worth .NET Users Group – Fort Worth, TX
    September 11, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    North Dallas .NET Users Group – Dallas, TX
    September 12, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Bryan College – Bryan, TX
    September 13, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    VSLive! New York – New York, NY
    September 17, 2007
    Mike Culver

    ColdFusion User Group of Central New York – Syracuse, NY
    September 19, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Rochester AWS Users Group – Rochester, NY
    September 20, 2007
    Mike Culver
    Time: 6-8pm
    Location: Doubletree by Hilton

    Central Coast Code Camp – San Luis Obispo, CA
    September 22, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

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