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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

A Couple of Little Items

If you need to create signed requests to AWIS or other Amazon web services and you are using JavaScript, this JavaScript MD5 code may be handy. Update: Adam Kennedy notes that there’s another similar module, Digest::MD5. This module is part of the JavaScript Archive Network (JSAN) – not to be confused with JSON, the JavaScript […]

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AWS Developer Connection Launched

We’ve just rolled out the new AWS Developer Connection, featuring lots and lots of developer-oriented information including code samples, technical documentation, and release notes, all organized on a per-service basis. The new online community environment is browsable and searchable, so you can easily find what you are looking for. — Jeff;

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Updates to the Mechanical Turk API

We’ve just rolled out some enhancements to the Mechanical Turk API; the new API version is 2006-01-16. New features include the use of HIT Types to simplify the process of creating new HITs, better handling of reviewable HITs, the ability to update a Qualification test, and additional information provided to the Requester as part of […]

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A Walk Through Hit-Builder.com

Earlier today I spent some time using Hit-Builder.com and found myself very impressed with the site and with what I was able to accomplish. The site implements a complete, requester-oriented interface to the Amazon Mechanical Turk. Using Hit Builder, it is possible to create and issue a series of HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) with just […]

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Free ISBN Web Service

From The Programmable Web comes word of ISBNdb.com, a large database of  books indexed by ISBN. Of interest to developers is the fact that there is a complete (and free) REST API. Items in the site are organized (and accessible) via book, subject, category, author, and publisher index. Several (ok, many) ECS developers have asked […]

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AWS with PHP and Ajax

Ajax Magazine is running a multi-part series on the use of PHP and Ajax to create an AWS-powered application: Part 1 is already up. It creates a basic site with dynamic search functionality. Part 2 adds price  comparison across the 6 Amazon sites supported by ECS. Part 3 adds browsing functionality. Part 4 adds a […]

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Spring Conference Calendar

Time to update our speaking & conference calendar. Amazon will be speaking and/or exhibiting at each of the following conferences: March 7th – O’Reilly Etech, San Diego, California March 13-14th – Next Generation Web International Conference, Seoul Korea March 13th-17th – SD Expo, Santa Clara, California March 20-22nd – Microsoft Mix06, Las Vegas, Nevada March […]

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New Ways to Look at XSLT

Over at Ask Metafilter, a questioner asks “When you imagine XSLT transformations happening in your mind’s eye, what does it look like?” This is a very powerful question to ask, because ancient, procedurally oriented developers like me sometimes have trouble following the non-linear, pattern-driven processing that takes place when an XSLT template is applied to […]

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REST vs. SOAP

Kevin Daily offers a brief thought on REST vs. SOAP in the case of the Amazon Web Services. We are still seeing an 80% REST / 20% SOAP usage pattern. Kevin correctly notes that the ease with which developers can invoke an XSLT transformation as the concluding step in a REST request makes for easier […]

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