Release: Amazon E-Commerce Service on 2006-07-26

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The 2006-06-28 version of ECS 4.0 release resolves numerous issues and introduces many new features, including a new response group, AlternateVersions, which lists all of the formats in which a book title is available. Sample formats include hardback, paperback, audio CD, and audio cassette.

Details

Submitted By: Craig@AWS
Created On: July 27, 2006 12:22 AM GMT
Last Updated: July 27, 2006 2:58 PM GMT
Release Date: 2006-07-26
Latest WSDL/API Version
: 2006-06-28

These release notes provide a summary of all new features and resolved issues in the latest version of the Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS). For changes made in previous ECS versions, go to http://aws.amazon.com/resources. Read about how to receive automatic notification of future releases here: http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/ann.jspa?annID=64.

See the Known Issues document, attached.

New Features

The following table describes the new features found in this release.

Applies To

Affects

Feature

US

X

Sort Parameters

release-date

Response Group

ItemAttributes

Now, in the US locale in the Music search index, you can sort results by release date. Previously, ItemSearch could only sort results by the item’s original release date (orig-rel-date). The original release date and the release date vary when items are re-released. For example, if a book is republished, its original release date and release date values will be different. Now, you can sort by each parameter. Original release dates are returned by the ItemAttributes response group with the OriginalReleaseDate tag and release dates are returned with the ReleaseDate tag.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

JP

US

X

Response Group

AlternateVersions

A new response group, AlternateVersions, returns all of the available media formats for a book title. Formats include, for example, Paperback, Audio CD, Audio Cassette, and Hardback. The Audio CD and Audio Cassette formats specify that a book title is offered as a book on CD or casette tape.

This response group only works with ItemSearch and ItemLookup when the product group is Books or, for non-US locales, ForeignBooks. For more information about this response group, refer to the ECS Developer Guide.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

OfferSummary now returns an item's lowest sale price if it exists instead of just the lowest regular price.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

IsEligibleForSuperSaverShipping is now always returned. It will have a value of 0 if it is not available and a value of 1 if it is available.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

ECS now supports variations in all locales when MerchantId=Amazon.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

Offers

The Offers response group used to return up to three offers per condition, for example, offers on three new, three used, three collectible, and three refurbished items. Now, when Condition equals "All," Offers returns up to ten responses per page sorted by price, from cheapest to the most expensive, without regard to the condition of the item.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Groups

ListInfo

ListFull

The ListInfo and ListFull response groups now return the DateCreated list attribute, which is the date on which the specified list was created. The form of the date is yyyy-mm-dd, for example, 2005-09-20.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

 

WSDL

CEROAgeRating

Response Group

ItemAttributes

Item Attribute

ESRBAgeRating

The ItemAttributes response group can now return, in the JP locale, a new value for ESRBAgeRating. The value, CEROAgeRating, specifies that a video game is suitable to be played by people of all ages. This value can only be returned when the search index is Software or VideoGames.

CA

 

UK

 

FR

 

DE

 

JP

X

Resolved Issues

The following table describes the issues resolved in the latest release of ECS.

Applies To

Affects

Issue

US

X

Response Group

ListmaniaLists

The ListmaniaLists response group was not returning newly created Listmania lists. This problem has been resolved.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

ItemAttributes

The names of the actors associated with an item were being returned in the Creator element. The names of actors associated with an item are now returned in the Actor element. The Creator element is still used to return the names of non-actors associated with an item.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

ItemAttributes

The ItemAttributes response group was returning the original release date value with the ReleaseDate tag. Now, the value for the original release date is returned with the OriginalReleaseDate tag. The value for the release date is returned in the ReleaseDate tag.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

WSDL

MaximumFocalLength

MinimumFocalLength

The WSDL specified that the item attributes, MaximumFocalLength and MinimumFocalLength, were NonNegativeIntegerWithUnits. The values returned, however, have been non negative floating point values. Now, the WSDL defines the value types as DecimalWithUnits.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

 

 Operations

SellerListingLookup

SellerListingSearch

Seller operations in non-US locales were returning 500 errors when encountering service failures. These operations now return an appropriate error message.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferFull

The OfferFull response group was not always returning the merchant name that was associated with an offer. The merchant name is now being returned.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

 

Response Group

OfferSummary

The OfferSummary element was not being returned in international locales if a merchant ID was specified. Now, the element always appears.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

The TotalFeedback element was not being returned when its value was 0. Now, the element is always returned.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

Offers

Non-ASCII characters returned with the ConditionNote element displayed incorrectly. Now, the values returned with ConditionNote are properly URL-encoded.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

When the search index was Apparel, IsEligibleForSuperSaverShipping was not returned. Now, it is.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

When MerchantId=Featured, the data returned by the OfferSummary response group was incorrect. Now, the results are consistent for all values of MerchantId.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

Offers

IsEligibleForSuperSaverShipping is now returned in all locales.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

X

Response Group

OfferSummary

The OfferSummary element is now returned when using DeliveryMethod=ISPU. ISPU stands for in store pick up.

CA

X

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

X

US

 

Response Group

Offers

Values returned with the Availability element used to contain HTML entities, such as "à". Now, the values do not contain HTML entities.

CA

 

UK

X

FR

X

DE

X

JP

 

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