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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.

Office 2003 Research and Reference Pane

File this one under “oldie but goodie.” Way back in early 2003 we started working with Microsoft to explore ways to use AWS within what was then called “Office 10”. Microsoft had been describing all of the ways in which Office 10 would be friendly to XML and to Web Services, so the collaboration seemed […]

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Dueling Technology Platforms

The Web Services Pipeline tells us that Dueling Technology Platforms Vie To Be The Center For Online Shopping. This article contains some speculative stuff that we might or might not agree with, but it is an interesting and worthwhile read nevertheless.

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DVD-Sky – Most Popular Rentals DVDs, For Sale!

The DVD-Sky site combines information gleaned from popular DVD rental sites with Amazon product data to offer a list of popular DVDs available for sale from Amazon. Of note is the fact that the site uses the detailed product information returned by version 4 of ECS to combine data for multiple  DVD editions into a […]

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ShopEdge – Amazon on a Smartphone

The ShopEdge program allows owners of any Smartphone (the site lists Audiovox SMT 5600, Motorola MPx220, Cingular  Samsung SCH-i600, Verizon Wireless  SP-i600 Smartphone, and the Sprint  Voq Professional Phone) to access the Amazon product catalog using a clean and simple user interface. Features include price checking, access to reviews, movie showtimes, and restaurant information. Free […]

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The Business Case for XSLT 2.0

Prolific writer Kurt Cagle writes about The Business Case for XSLT 2.0. Kurt has a lot to say, and he says it really well. Some of the new features of XSLT 2.0 include: The concept of a sequence of XML elements as a first-class XSLT object Better regular expression support User Defined XPath functions Conditional […]

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Tsunami Disaster Relief

Amazon and the Red Cross have combined forces to make it really easy to make a disaster relief donation to help the victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia. Visit to make a contribution. You can also use the Amazon Honor System to place an Honor System box on your own pages, for […]

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Peek Inside an Amazon Distribution Center

The Seattle Times published Pick, pack and ship … and deliver profit, an inside look at the Amazon Distribution Center in Fernley, Nevada. Spanning 13 football fields, this is our largest building in North America. Read the article to see how we manager to pick, pack, and ship millions of packages and to learn a […]

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