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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 Case for XSLT 2.0

Prolific writer Kurt Cagle writes about The Business Case for XSLT 2.0. Kurt has a lot to say, and he says it really well. Some of the new features of XSLT 2.0 include: The concept of a sequence of XML elements as a first-class XSLT object Better regular expression support User Defined XPath functions Conditional […]

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Tsunami Disaster Relief

Amazon and the Red Cross have combined forces to make it really easy to make a disaster relief donation to help the victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia. Visit to make a contribution. You can also use the Amazon Honor System to place an Honor System box on your own pages, for […]

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Peek Inside an Amazon Distribution Center

The Seattle Times published Pick, pack and ship … and deliver profit, an inside look at the Amazon Distribution Center in Fernley, Nevada. Spanning 13 football fields, this is our largest building in North America. Read the article to see how we manager to pick, pack, and ship millions of packages and to learn a […]

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ECS-Powered Wishlists on Blogs!

Users of Six Apart‘s TypePad service can now display their Amazon wishlist on their blog, using just three easy steps. We’ve added some of our favorite products to our team wishlist, and you should be able to see it in the column to the left of the blog. Important Note: Please don’t buy anything for […]

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MIT Technology Review Covers AWS

The newest issue of the MIT Technology Review is well worth reading! In an article titled Amazon: Giving Away the Store, they review the history of AWS (as seen from two different vantage points), talk about some interesting sites powered by AWS, and much more. They talked to Amazon insiders and to a number of […]

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The Associate-O-Matic tool lets you build a custom Amazon store with 1000’s of items in minutes. The product can be downloaded and installed on a local server, or it can be run in a hosted mode under a subscription plan. The newest version of Associate-O-Matic takes advantage of version 4 of ECS. It features improved […]

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New Tutorial: Chained Requests Using XSLT

We have just published a new tutorial document, “Chained Requests Using XSLT.” The technique illustrated in this document allows you to execute a sequence of AWS requests under the control of a script written in XSLT. Excerpt: This tutorial walks through creating a simple two-page web site that uses chained requests in XSLT to display […]

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