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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.

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! 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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.Net Code Sample: Sign an AWS Request

The good folks over at the .Net Adventures blog have posted some .Net sample code to illustrate the process of signing an AWS request. This code should make it just a little bit easier for .Net developers to create the next great Mechanical Turk or Historical Pricing application. Update: There’s also an Active X control […]

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Cover Art Application

J. Shamsul Bahri at is playing with ECS and has created the Jiboneus Cover Art application. Enter the name of an artist, and the application will display the cover art from each of the artist’s album.

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Walking Through the Casting Words Store

As a followup to yesterday’s transcription post, I thought that it would be helpful to walk through the entire process of submitting a podcast to Casting Words and getting the results back. If you want to try this service yourself, you’ll need two things the URL to an RSS feed which contains one or more […]

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