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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.


The Business::ISBN Perl package should be useful to developers building ECS-powered applications (courtesy of brian d foy, who prefers not to capitalize his name). This package provides methods to create and validate ISBNs, and to extract data within the ISBN, including the publisher code and country code. It can also convert the ISBN to an […]

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Byrne Reese has released BookQueueToo, a book list management plugin for Movable Type. Features include: Ability to track books, DVDs, CDs, and much, much more. User interface updated to be consistent with MT look and feel. Search Amazon from within BookQueueToo to find the book you wish to add to your queue. Access your BookQueue […]

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Amabuddy — Amazon By Phone

Courtesy of one-time Amazonian Alan Taylor, comes a reference to the Amabuddy. Using Amabuddy, you can dial a number with your phone, enter in an ISBN or UPC, and find out more about the product including its customer rating, Amazon price, and lowest used price via voice response. Amabuddy was built with VXML, Python, MySQL, […]

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Delicious Library

The Delicious Library application (powered by AWS) has been getting some great reviews: Delicious Library is a beautiful looking personal inventory application. You scan the barcodes, it translates the bars into numbers, looks up the number on Amazon and finds your DVD, CD, book or game and adds all of its information to your personal […]

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ECS Documentation in PDF Form

The ECS documentation is now available in PDF Form. The PDF version makes it easier to print the documentation and read about ECS offline. You can also use Acrobat Reader‘s search feature to search the ECS documentation. The PDF, as well as future versions and different guides, will be available through the AWS Web site. […]

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Halo, A Visual Chat-Bot Powered by AWS

Advanced ChatBot Solutions is now testing Halo, an animated, chat-based interface to To start with halo, visit and speak to Halo using the link on the left side of the page. Ask questions using queries like this: Who wrote TITLEHow much is TITLEGive me a review of TITLE If Halo is asking too […]

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