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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.

Book Burro

Jesse Andrews has built Book Burro, a Firefox extension to display competitive pricing information for books. The information is presented in an inobstrusive, semi-transparent popup window. In order to install this you will need Firefox and Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey allows your browser to run client-side scripts against any web page. Think of it as local post-processing […]

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Simple Queue Service Beta 2

The Simple Queue Service has been updated with performance and bugs fixes, most of it driven from the developer community that has helped shape it since its introduction in November, 2004. The Amazon Simple Queue Service Beta 2 provides a means for web service applications to quickly and reliably queue resources generated by a component […]

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Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) and Movie Collection Starter Kit

Microsoft has released the second beta version of the “Whidbey” version of Visual Studio 2005. Free downloads of the Express Editions are available for web development, Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, SQL Server, and Visual J#. To make it really easy to get started with Whidbey, you should also investigate the Amazon-Enabled Movie Collection […]

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Blackboard Learning Management System

Concord USA has developed and released, free-of-charge, an Amazon course item module for colleges and schools that use the learning management system from Blackboard Inc. This module allows course developers to include books and other items from in their Blackboard online courses. Here’s how they describe their product: The easy-to-install Concord Masterfile software module […]

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ECS + Indigo

Indigo is Microsoft’s next-generation web services platform. Here is an article (in Japanese, but with C# source code) with information on how to make ECS calls from Indigo. You may also enjoy reading the new article, Preparing for IndigoChoosing the Right Technology Today on

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Zollage – Amazon Products Create a Collage

Francis Shanahan has created Zollage. Zollage uses a target picture and a set of product images drawn from one or more product categories to create a clickable collage. The image on the right was taken from a collection of pictures on FlickR. Now visit the real Zollage of Jeff Bezos, and click on any […]

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The ECS-Powered Givezilla site was built to provide Non Profit organizations with a simple interface into the Amazon Associates program to assist their fundraising efforts through their constituent’s online shopping activity through  The Givezilla business model provides all the development and management resources needed for a Non Profit organization to participate in the Associates […]

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