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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 Search Platform Enters Beta

The Alexa Web Search Platform is now accepting applications from potential beta testers. The Alexa Web Search Platform allows you to write and run code that runs on a server complex hosted and run by Alexa. To use this service, you write code which calls the Search Platform API. Your code is responsible for processing […]

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Speak French?

If you can read and write French and English, today is your lucky day. Bitporters Media is now qualifying Mechanical Turk Workers to handle translation and approval HITS. The former pays 40 cents for up to 512 characters of text; the latter, 30 cents. — Jeff; Modified 3/10/2021 – In an effort to ensure a […]

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Creating a Visual Studio 2005 Starter Kit has published a new article, Creating Windows Starter Kits for Visual Studio 2005. The starter kit described in the article happens to call ECS to do book lookup. You can find more starter kits, including an Amazon-powered Movie Collection application in the Visual Studio Developer Center.   Modified 1/26/2021 – In an effort to […]

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Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: The First Three Weeks

Things have been even busier than usual here at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. On the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd, we announced that Amazon’s Mechanical Turk was ready for beta testing. Momentum for most beta tests builds quietly at first. A few users and developers put a toe or two into the water, give it […]

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