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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.

Ask For Cents : New Mechanical Turk Application

Have you ever needed to get an answer to a question in a hurry, perhaps something that you can’t find in your favorite search engine? If so, you may want to tap into the internet-scale Mechanical Turk workforce using the new question asking system at Ask For Cents. To get an answer in a hurry, […]

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Valoony Shopping Guide

The Valoony Shopping Guide provides dynamic, no-refresh shopping  within the catalog. Changes to the search box, price slider, operating system, and other controls are immediately reflected on the display.

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AMZ Dashboard

The AMZ Dashboard is a  tool for monitoring sales, reviews, and prices for products on The program uses Flash-powered graphs to visualize all sorts of interesting info. The site has three main views. First is Summary (click on the image to see a larger view): Then Pricing: And finally Reviews: You can also create […]

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A Few Words on Technology Evangelism

As previously noted here, I am trying to hire some additional web services evangelists for positions in the US and Japan. I get asked about the job duties and responsibilities on a regular basis, so I took some time to write about them on my personal blog. Take a look at A Few Words on […]

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Mashups are applications which combine data from 2 or more distinct web services into a single application. All 7 of the AWS services are excellent raw materials for mashups, of course. The Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix is a great way to find interesting mashups. You could also use it to find new opportunities — a […]

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Two New Tutorials: ECS and PHP 5

IBM developerWorks has published two tutorials on how to use ECS with PHP 5: Create an Amazon storefront using PHP, Part 1: Getting content with Amazon ECS This is the first of a two-part tutorial that constructs an Amazon storefront using PHP and the Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS). The storefront constructed will allow shoppers to […]

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Come to Vegas for Mix06!

The Amazon Web Services team will have a strong showing at the upcoming Mix06 conference in Las Vegas. The conference will be held March 20th to 22nd at the Venetian Resort and Casino. There’s a special discounted rate; more information is available here. First, we will be conducting a session on the use of the […]

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My Big River

My Big River uses AWS and Ajax technology to make it really easy to create links to specific Amazon products. Simply go to the site and start typing, and the best match will be displayed in a matter of seconds. The match is displayed along with the HTML needed to link to the product. You […]

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