AWS News Blog

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.

Amazon S3 Webinar – June 14th

On Wednesday, June 14th, Amazon’s Dave Barth will be conducting a webinar for users of Amazon’s S3 service. The webinar will start at high noon PDT and will run for one hour. There will be an online presentation and ample time for questions and answers. Details on how to attend the webinar can be found […]

Read More

Upcoming AWS Speaking Events

Its about time to put together another travel calendar. Here are some upcoming appearances by yours truly: On June 15th I will be speaking at the Burton Group’s Catalyst Convention in San Francisco. I will be discussing the Amazon Mechanical Turk. That same day I will make a quick appearance at an SF Tech Session […]

Read More

Monday Mound of Multiple Mentions

Here are a couple of cool things that I’ve run across in the last couple of days: CrossAmazon is a Greasemonkey script that adds links to all of the Amazon international sites (Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and the UK) to pages served up from the US ( site. The Amazon S3 Plugin for Eclipse makes […]

Read More

Amazon RSS Feed Generator

RSS feeds are a perfect way to keep track of data that changes on an irregular or infrequent basis. Instead of visiting the data source yourself as time permits, you can simply use RSS feeds to subscribe to an update stream from a site or from an application. The original use of RSS was to […]

Read More

RightCart – Turn Any Blog or Web Page Into a Store

RightCart allows you to embed an ECS-powered storefront directly into any blog or web page. The site provides cut and paste HTML snippets for a shopping cart and for individual products, making it very easy for you to sell products based on, for example, blog entries. There’s also a full sales tracking system. Behind the […]

Read More

Talis Library Mashup Contest

Talis is sponsoring a competion to encourage developers to create mashup applications using web services from Talis and from other vendors (hint: ECS would be ideal). Top prize is 1,000. To enter you simply create your application and then blog about it using a specific Technorati tag. There’s also a discussion board, and a separate […]

Read More


Rankforest tracks and can graph the sales rank of Amazon products over time, with graphs available over all time, 90 days, 30 days, 7 days, or a single day. Many graphs are available for free; some others require a free account, and a final few require paid membership. There are also hourly and daily RSS […]

Read More

Using AWS and XSLT to create JSON

It is always interesting to see how a developer’s background, experiences, and the contents of their “mental toolkit” come together in unique approaches to problem solving and creative thinking. Here’s an example of what I am talking about. Alan Taylor of has been building applications with AWS since the early days, starting out with […]

Read More

Amazon Mechanical Turk and Image Processing

Image processing (and its cousin, machine vision) both entail designing algorithms to process pixel-based images and to extract recognizable information from them. Earlier today I saw the following request on the Ask Metafilter site: i need an algorithm to extract statistics about the diameters (in pixels) of some roughly-circular objects from an image file. Having […]

Read More