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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.

Alexa Web Information Service — Sample Style Sheets

We have created some sample XSLT style sheets for the Alexa Web Information Service (AWIS). You are free to use these as-is or to copy them and modify them as needed to suit your own needs. Use client.alexa.com/awis/xsl/ExampleSearch.xsl to format the XML returned from a call to the AWIS Search function. Use client.alexa.com/awis/xsl/ExampleUrlInfo.xsl to format […]

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Featured Offers Available in ECS 3.0

You may now set the “offers” parameter to “Featured” in ECS 3.0 AsinSearch requests. Setting “offers” to “Featured” will allow you to retrieve featured merchants’ offers using ECS 3.0. A featured merchant is a vendor with whom Amazon has a special partnership and whose offers are prominently featured on Amazon product detail pages.  Prior to […]

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UML Diagrams for ECS and AWIS

Dave Carlson of XMLModeling.com created and posted UML diagrams for ECS and AWIS: ECS – http://www.xmlmodeling.com/models/amazon/ecs AWIS – http://www.xmlmodeling.com/models/amazon/awis As Dave says, “UML diagrams are very helpful when learning the service information model — I am new to the AWS and created these diagrams to help me understand the messages.” Very cool. Thanks, Dave! The […]

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Using ECS 4 with ASP.Net

Courtesy of SitePoint, a two page tutorial — Use Amazon Web Services in ASP.NET . This article introduces the user to the general concept of a web service, covers the AWS license, caching rules, loading the WSDL into Visual Studio (the article uses the 2005 “Express” version, but the code will also work just fine […]

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Queue Scratchpad

The AWS Zone now includes a scratchpad for the Amazon Simple Queue Service. You can find it athttp://www.awszone.com/scratchpads/rest/sqs/index.awsYou can use this nifty tool to exercise the queue without writing any code. Here’s what you do: Get a Subscription Id Use the scratchpad to create a queue (“CreateQueue”). Copy the Queue Id from the returned XML. […]

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Browse Node API

We are introducing a new BrowseNodeLookup operation that provides information pertaining to a Browse Node. Browse Nodes are product categories that Amazon creates to segment products based on pre-defined and/or dynamic criteria. BrowseNodeLookup has been one of the most frequently requested features by ECS users and we’re thrilled to announce the availability of this feature. […]

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