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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.

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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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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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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