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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.

Hit Builder – Simplifying the Process of Creating a HIT for The Mechanical Turk

DPA Software’s HIT Builder is now accessible for beta testing. Using this site, it is now possible to create, manage, and collect results from Mechanical Turk HITs without writing any code.The site features both “Pro” and “Wizard” interfaces, with clean and functional tabbed dialogs to lead new Requesters through each step of the process. The […]

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Speaking Engagements for Q1 of 2006

Here are some of the speaking engagements on the AWS Developer Relations calendar for the first quarter of 2006: January 25th – IDC Service-Oriented Architecture Forum, New York January 25th – New York Java Special Interest Group, New York February 7th – Evans Data Developer Relations Conference, San Francisco February 10th – Technology in Business […]

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Links for Dot Net Users Talk Attendees

Last night I opened up my 2006 speaking season with a talk to the Dot Net Users group in Redmond. It had been over a month since I had last spoken in public, and it was fun to get warmed up and in front of a group again. In a whirlwind 90 minute talk, I […]

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SMarkets – Buy Stock in Amazon Products

This is cool, and a little bit different! Smarkets.net allows registered users to buy, sell, and sell short imaginary shares of Amazon products. The share price is based on the product’s current sales rank. As the product’s rank climbs closer to the top (#1), the price also rises. It is possible to bet on a […]

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Updated Mechanical Turk Documentation

We updated the Mechanical Turk documentation over the holidays. The new version includes information on two new functions: The GetQualificationScore operation returns the value of a user’s Qualification for a given Qualification type. The UpdateQualificationScore operation changes the value of a Qualification previously granted to a user. We also clarified some of the information about […]

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iTunes Community Server Mashup

Dave Burke has used Amazon’s ECS service to produce a clickable list of the albums and tunes that he listens to most frequently. Read all about his iTunes Community Server Mashup Mod. Dave is also working to add additional details and cover art, as you can see in the picture to the right.

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ZapThink SOA Roadmap Poster

ZapThink has published a new version of their SOA Roadmap Poster. There’s a free download (registration is required), or you can simply buy 10 copies of the poster. For the acronym-impaired, SOA is short for Service-Oriented Architecture! — Jeff;

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