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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.

Evangelists on the Road, Early 2007

My team and I have been working to put together our plans for the first quarter of 2007. Here’s what we have so far: January 15th-16th – Mashup University, Boston, MA. 16th – Access Developers Group, Redmond, WA. 17th-18th – Mashup Camp, Boston, MA. 17th – Vancouver BC .Net User’s Group, Vancouver, BC. 26th-27th – […]

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Amazon Inside…

A number of great web applications are built on top of Amazon services such as ECS, EC2 or S3. In fact, 3 of Amazon’s services are listed in a recent Linux World article, Ten Web 2.0 APIs You Can Really Use. Here are a few cool Amazon-powered applications that have caught my eye: Social bookmarking […]

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Years and years ago I made a casual (yet accurate) remark to Tim O’Reilly about the relative use of our SOAP and REST web services. At that time REST accounted for something like 85% of our usage. Tim blogged our conversation, which was subsequently picked up by Slashdot. It’s been fun to see this casual […]

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New Mechanical Turk Getting Started Guide

A new version of the Mechanical Turk Getting Started Guide is now available. This all-new document includes code samples in 6 programming languages: Java with SOAP C# with SOAP Perl with REST PHP with REST Python with REST and SOAP Ruby with REST and SOAP The samples are also available in the downloads section of […]

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Scalable Web Architectures with Ruby and Amazon S3

Jonathan Boutelle gave a talk about scalable web architectures at a Bar Camp in Bangalore. His talk focused on how he and his team built Slideshare, including their use of Amazon S3 and Ruby on Rails. Jonanthan’s blog post includes a copy of his presentation (stored in Slideshare, naturally enough) and a video of the […]

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New ECS Release

A new release of ECS 4.0 was rolled out earlier today. There are two new features: A new response group, OfferListings, was added for all locales. This response group returns somewhat lighter version of the data provided by the Offers group. Data for the French locale now includes the French waste tax. — Jeff;

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Precious – Ruby, Gems and AWS

Ruby got a new face-lift with the new Rails framework. I was always fascinated with the Ruby language. 25 lines of Java code gets shrunk to 4 lines of equivalent Ruby code plus its more readable. And with Rails, it gets a new kick. It is always impressive to hear people say “I am a […]

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Sent To Smugmug

Over in the “practice what you preach” department, I’ve spent the last month or so uploading over 18,000 of my family pictures to Smugmug. Even though I store the photos on a RAID drive in my house and move regular DVD backups offsite, I am still relieved that someone else is worrying about my photos. […]

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Sheep Market Thesis

Aaron Koblin, developer of The Sheep Market, has published his thesis as a Word document: The Sheep Market: Two Cents Worth. It is fun to read, with some very far-ranging references and some entertaining diversions. It is interesting to read about Aaron’s hesitancy to be just a cog in a machine, then to see him […]

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Technology Evangelism Conference

If you are interested in the art of evangelism, there’s an event coming up that you should attend. It’s called GNoTECon (Global Network of Technology Evangelists Conference), and will be held in Santa Clara, CA on December 4th. Microsoft’s Anand Iyer blogged about it recently, so I won’t repeat everything here. In fact, this is […]

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