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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.

Walking Through the Casting Words Store

As a followup to yesterday’s transcription post, I thought that it would be helpful to walk through the entire process of submitting a podcast to Casting Words and getting the results back. If you want to try this service yourself, you’ll need two things the URL to an RSS feed which contains one or more […]

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Are you a Minipreneur?

According to, a minipreneur is a consumer-turned-entrepreneur, taking advantage of resources that were, just a short time ago, available only to large multinational organizations, including cheap hardware and software, access to global design, production, and manufacturing skills, payment systems, online marketplaces, and more. The Amazon Web Services are one important element of this mix. […]

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Mechanical Turk Controller Class in C#

Over at, Andrew has released a nice C# class which provides a clean and simple way to access the Mechanical Turk. Andrew’s code implements a TurkController class with clean, simple methods like GetQualificationRequests(), GetQualificationTypes(), ApproveQualification(), GetAccountBalance(), CreateQualification(), CreateHIT(), GetReviewableHITs(), DisposeHIT(), and so forth. It uses the SOAP version of the APIs and handles the […]

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Alexa Web Search Platform Enters Beta

The Alexa Web Search Platform is now accepting applications from potential beta testers. The Alexa Web Search Platform allows you to write and run code that runs on a server complex hosted and run by Alexa. To use this service, you write code which calls the Search Platform API. Your code is responsible for processing […]

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