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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.

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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IBM XML Enhancements for Java

IBM’s XML Extensions for Java  integrates important XML technologies into the Java compiler, allowing for faster, more efficient, type-safe access to XML data structures. Here’s more information: The XML Enhancements for Java (XJ) project extends Java with first-class support for XML. In XJ, one can import XML schemas just as one does Java classes. All […]

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ECS-Powered Screen Saver

Software Poetry has produced the ECS-powered Amazon Screen Saver. Here’s what they have to say: Our free Amazon Screen Saver starts by getting a list of popular books from a random category at After showing these for awhile, it begins wandering through Listmania lists, following titles to discover something new every time it runs. […]

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