October 2007

Newsletter #30

Greetings AWS Developers,

Lots going on! I’ll keep the preview short so that you can get to the goodies, but a quick browse below will tell you that we’ve been busy with everything from launching an Amazon S3 SLA to preparing for additional Start-Up Events in southern California. Also be sure to read about the AWS Start-Up Challenge, and enter to win $100K in addition to other big prizes.

Kathrin Jackson
Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon S3 Announces Service Level Agreement
  • AWS Start-up Challenge: Big Ideas, Big Rewards
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk: Open Source SDKs
  • Upcoming AWS Start-Up Events: San Diego and Los Angeles
  • AWS Developer Chat in Second Life
  • Developer Resources: Mix it Up!
  • Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building
  • Upcoming Events
  • Amazon S3 Announces Service Level Agreement

    Effective October 1st, 2007, AWS is providing a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to all customers using Amazon S3. The Amazon S3 SLA provides a customer with service credits if his/her monthly uptime percentage falls below our service commitment in any billing cycle. We’ve heard from some of our customers that an SLA is important, so we are pleased to offer this to the Amazon S3 community.

    Learn more

    AWS Start-up Challenge: Big Ideas, Big Rewards

    We’re searching for the next hot start-up building its infrastructure and business on Amazon Web Services. If you have either a new idea or an existing application that uses AWS, enter the AWS Start-Up Challenge to win $100,000 in cash and AWS credits, and receive an investment offer from Amazon. We’re seeing some really innovative stuff already, but we know there’s more. Come on, we know you’re out there, don’t be shy!

    Learn more and submit your idea.

    Amazon Mechanical Turk: Open Source SDKs

    If you’re a .NET, Perl, or Java developer, keep reading. The Mechanical Turk team has released a few more SDKs for these languages into the open source community, and we encourage all of you to participate and contribute to help make these SDKs great for developers!

    Command Line Tools

    SDK for Java

    SDK for .NET

    SDK for Perl

    Upcoming AWS Start-up Events: San Diego and Los Angeles

    Did you miss The Start-Up Project in Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York, or Boston? With exciting start-up activity happening in southern California, we are bringing the event to San Diego and L.A.

    San Diego, CA
    October 22nd, 2-7pm
    RSVP – San Diego

    Los Angeles (Santa Monica), CA
    October 23rd, 2-7pm
    RSVP – Los Angeles

    AWS Developer Chat in Second Life

    Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual world. Amazon Web Services Senior Evangelist Jeff Barr has been conducting developer chats on the Amazon Developer Islands in Second Life, and you are welcome to attend! Upcoming October chats are scheduled for the 18th, and 25th and will be held at 10 AM Pacific Time. Discussion topics at previous chat sessions included Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and other developer-oriented topics.

    In order to attend you will need to create a Second Life avatar and download the desktop client.

    You can also join the Amazon Developer Island Guests group to receive notification before each scheduled chat. Jeff’s avatar name is Jeffronius Batra; you can message him before the chat if you are in need of any assistance. Look forward to seeing you there!

    Developer Resources: Mix It Up!

    This month we’re highlighting resources that cover a mix of services, languages, and formats. Go for it!

    Economical Use of Amazon S3 with Ruby on Rails
    Robert Dempsey’s second tutorial shows you how to efficiently make requests to Amazon S3.

    Create Your Own Customized AMI
    A video on how to customize an existing Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and save it as your own private image.

    A simple marketplace application, in C#, for Amazon FPS

    Solutions Catalog Highlights: What Your Peers Are Building

    Coupa On-Demand
    A Web 2.0 e-procurement solution that delivers big business purchasing automation and spending controls to small and midsize organizations. Built on Amazon S3 and EC2.

    The first user-friendly computer with primary storage in Amazon S3!

    Content Spooling Network
    AWS Developer Chris Crompton has built the Content Spooling Network (CSN) using Amazon Mechanical Turk. CSN has modularized the entire ghostwriting process into discrete tasks and leverages Mechanical Turk workers to complete them. Using this methodology, CSN is able to provide this service to hundreds of webmasters each week allowing them to drive more traffic to their sites and further monetize their web properties.

    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!

    Los Angeles Visual FoxPro Developers Group – El Segundo, CA
    October 9, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Orange County .NET User Group – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    October 10, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Virtual Worlds 2007 – San Jose, CA
    October 10-11, 2007
    Jeff Barr

    South Bay .NET User Group – Torrance, CA
    October 11, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Space Coast .NET User Group – Melbourne, FL
    October 15, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Southwest Florida GNU/Linux Users Group – Ft. Myers, FL
    October 16, 2007
    Mike Culver

    San Gabriel Valley .NET Developers Group – San Gabriel, CA
    October 17, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Naples .NET User Group – Naples, FL
    October 17, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Orlando .NET User Group – Orlando, FL
    October 18, 2007
    Mike Culver

    San Diego .NET User Group – San Diego, CA
    October 23, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Silicon Valley Code Camp – Los Altos, CA
    October 27-28, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    CSC Leading Edge Forum – San Francisco, CA
    October 29, 2007
    Jeff Barr – Dublin, Ireland
    October 30, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Amazon Web Services Presentation – Dublin, Ireland
    October 30, 2007
    Mike Culver

    Silicon Valley Web Builder – San Francisco, CA
    October 31, 2007
    Jinesh Varia

    Web 2.0 Expo – Berlin, Germany
    Keynote by Werner Vogels, VP and CTO Receive a 100 Euro discount off of conference registration, or sign up for a free Expo Pass
    November 5-8, 2007

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