In response to customer requests for additional querying capabilities, Amazon SimpleDB today released several upgrades for the SELECT API. Developers may now perform “contains” queries via the LIKE operator, enabling them to search for an attribute value within any part of a string. In addition, queries may now be executed on and sorted by the itemName. Query sorts have also been upgraded to allow “is null” as the predicate. Finally, the limit on the number of items returned by a Select has been increased to 2500. These new features are available with the new Amazon SimpleDB WSDL 2009-04-15. Visit the Amazon SimpleDB detail page to learn more and to get started with SimpleDB.