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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.

Tracking Sales Rank Over Time

Here’s a handy article, Exploiting Amazon Web Services via PHP and SQLite. The author outlines the architecture of a simple application to track and then graph the Amazon sales rank of a set of Amazon products over time. For heavy duty usage tracking, we also offer the Amazon Historical Pricing Service, also known as AHP. […]

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Thursday S3 Roundup

Here’s what’s happening in the S3 world today: Dave Winer has announced that his OPML Editor now includes an API for S3 access. As Dave says, “This is the basic support required for application development, there are no end-user features in this release. Its purpose is to enable desktop apps that connect to S3.“ Jad […]

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TechnoAg S3 Browser

Alan Baker released the first version of his TechnoAg S3 Browser almost a month ago, just days after the release of S3, but I just found out about it yesterday. This Windows application makes it really easy for you to view, upload, modify, and download the objects in your S3 account. Here’s what it looks […]

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A Passel of Interesting Links: Web 2.0, Mashups, Ruby on Rails, JSON, Ajax, and more…

Here are some articles, tutorials, and blog postings that I’ve found useful, interesting, or thought-provoking so far this week: Web Services at a Crossroads – “Implemention strategies for Web services are splitting into two camps: building enterprise SOAs and exploiting Web technologies. Which is right for you?“ Mashup Data Formats: JSON vs. XML – “It’s […]

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Monday S3 Roundup

Developer activity around S3 continues at a rapid pace, and I already have enough material for another S3 roundup. Here goes: Doug Kaye, who interviewed me several years ago for IT Conversations, asks about the use of S3 as a CDN, or content delivery network. Great idea, and I will pass this post along to […]

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Frucall – Comparison Shopping for Mobile Users

Frucall allows consumers to get pricing and customer rating information about items they see in store by making a call from their cell phone. To use the service, simply dial 1-888-FRU-SHOP (1-888-378-7467) and enter an ISBN, EIN, or a 12-digit barcode value. Frucall will tell you the new and best used price for the product, […]

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Saturday Morning S3 Roundup

A few minutes of surfing, a scan of the S3 forum, a couple of Technorati and PubSub alerts, and a S3 tag brought all of the following cool S3 activity to my attention: Dave Winer wants to have a Bay Area S3 conference. That’s an interesting idea, and I’ll see what we can do […]

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Using S3 to Store Media Files

Adrian Holovaty is now using Amazon’s S3 to store files for his Chicago Crime site. In his recent blog post, “How I’m using Amazon’s S3 to store media files“, he describes the entire process of moving his files over. Adrian notes that it took him less than one hour to move his files over and […]

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The Lego Era

In an article in today’s New York Times, writer John Markoff says “The Internet is entering its Lego era.” John talks about the rise in componentized software, the rapid pace of development, and the all-important fact that a lot of the innovation is now taking place in small companies and by small, distributed groups of […]

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