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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.

TicTap — Search Amazon using SMS Messages

The new TicTap service lets you search the Amazon product catalog using an SMS (text) message. To get started with TicTap, simply send an ISBN number, a UPC code, or even some keywords to 763-807-3927 and wait for the reply. TicTap performs an ECS search and returns the results to you as a text message. […]

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Important: Developer Token Validation

To continue to provide high-quality, reliable and secure web services, ECS will enforce a stricter Developer Token validation policy. Please check that you are passing in a valid Developer Token with your request. If you are using an invalid Developer Token, you will need to replace it with a valid Subscription ID. For help, visit […]

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Beyond WSDL

Many people  find WSDL (and the new WSDL 2) to be hard to create, and hard to use, even with tools and other high-level support. Tim Bray of Sun has been talking about Replacing WSDL. Candidates include Norm Walsh’s NSDL and Tim’s own SMEX-D. It is premature to talk about any Amazon support for these […]

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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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