Category: Announcements


Updated ECS 3 Release

We updated the ECS 3 service earlier today. Here are the details:

Features and Fixes

  • Duplicate product descriptions returned in Search operations
    Search operations no longer return duplicate product descriptions.
  • Search operation with .mode=books. fail for CA locale
    As documented in our 3.0 SDK, users need to pass in the appropriate “mode=books-xx” parameter for intl locales, where xx is the intl locale.
  • ImageURL broken for CA locale
    This has been fixed.
  • SellerSearch returned 25 listings instead of 10
    The SellerSearch operation now returns 10 listings per search. This affects FR/CA/JP locales.

Updated ECS 4 Release

We updated the ECS 4 service earlier today. The new WSDL version is 2005-02-23.

Here are the details:

Features and Fixes

  • Searching by European Article Number (EAN) is now supported for CA
    Searching by EAN is now supported in the CA locale for Classical, DVD, Music, Video and VHS SearchIndices.
  • New element, URLEncodedHMAC, is available in Cart operations
    A new element, URLEncodedHMAC, is now returned in Cart operations. Use this element instead of URL-encoding the HMAC manually.
  • New elements, ItemTotal and SubTotal, supported in CartCreate, CartAdd, CartGet and CartModify operations
    The CartCreate, CartAdd, CartGet, CartClear and CartModify operations now support ItemTotal and SubTotal elements. ItemTotal is the unit price of an item multiplied by the number of those items purchased. SubTotal is the sum of all ItemTotal values.

Resolved Issues

  • TotalReviewPages element was missing in the Reviews response group
    TotalReviewPages element is now returned in the Reviews response group within the CustomerReviews element for all locales.
  • ItemSearch by Manufacturer returned Publisher in Software SearchIndex
      ItemSearch now returns Manufacturer instead of Publisher in the ItemAttributes element.
  • Duplicate product descriptions returned in ItemSearch
    ItemSearch no longer returns duplicate product descriptions.
  • GlancePage is now supported in SellerLookup
    The SellerLookup operation now returns the GlancePage element.
  • Multiple ListId elements returned in first List element for the ListSearch operation
    ListSearch no longer returns multiple ListId, ListType, TotalPages and TotalItems for UK, DE, and JP locales.
  • SellerListingSearch returned 25 listings instead of 10
    The SellerListingSearch operation now returns 10 listings per search. This affects the FR, CA, and JP locales.

Jobs @ Amazon: Web Services Evangelist (Europe)

The Amazon Web Services Developer Relations Group is looking to hire a Web Services Evangelist based in Europe, to cover the UK, Germany, and France. Here is the official job description:

Web Services Evangelist (Europe)

Interested in influencing a paradigm shift? Join an energetic, dynamic team responsible for driving the development and adoption of the Amazon Web Services platform. We’re looking for an experienced and passionate technical evangelist who will both represent Amazon Web Services across Europe and help develop the global strategies to make Amazon Web Services the industry standard for “programmable e-commerce”. You will generate grass-roots attention and support for Amazon Web Services among key industry opinion makers, journalists and technologists. The ability to identify, engage and win mindshare among third-party developers in target ISVs, systems integrators and collaborative technology providers is required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Gaining industry recognition and credibility as a regular attendee, panelist and keynote speaker at technology conferences, trade shows and press events
  • Delivering compelling presentations, product demos, sample solutions and discussions to drive adoption of Amazon Web Services platform technology, developer tools and XML standards
  • Continuing to identify leads for potential partnerships and clients and assisting with presales support
  • Collaborating with internal teams to define the product road map, market positioning and developer program initiatives
  • Assessing and compiling white papers about emerging technologies and industry developments
  • Providing guidance to technical working groups and standards bodies, both internal and external, involved in the design of Web services architecture, utilisation and standards

Your profile:

  • Qualifications include 10 to 15 years experience in software development, with special emphasis in distributed application development
  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related discipline
  • Master’s level and above is preferred
  • Strong knowledge and experience with transactional messaging, Internet protocols and transports (XML, SOAP, XSLT, .Net, Java, Perl, PHP, C/C++, etc.) coupled with prior experience in product definition, bring-to-market strategies and setting an industry standard
  • Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Pre-established credibility and recognition in speaking engagements and technology publications is preferred
  • Extensive industry contacts in the software development field and the ability to work cooperatively with, and gain the respect of, software developers is a must. A willingness to travel and work autonomously is also required
  • This position can be based in either our London or Munich offices. Fluency in English, German and/or French is required.

Please see www.amazon.com/webservices for details.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV by e-mail to Corporatejobs@amazon.co.uk. Be sure to mention that you are applying for position #9828.

    Note: By submitting your CV you authorize Amazon.co.uk to store your information in the Amazon.com group of companies’ world-wide recruitment database currently located in the USA for the purpose of assessing your suitability for this and future vacancies. If you do not wish us to store your information, please send your application to jobs-uk@amazon.co.uk.

     

    Amazon DevCon – Speaker Index

    For the next two days (January 19th and 20th, 2005), Amazon.com is hosting a number of well-known technologists and luminaries at a private event for our software development team.

    We (the Amazon Web Services Developer Relations Team) have special permission to blog each of these speakers in near-real-time, so watch this space throughout the conference for further developments. We will be updating each entry  one or more times during  each talk. Refresh this  page (and the linked pages) to stay current.

    We are also going to do our best to accept questions from the world at large throughout each day. Simply log on to our chat application at http://forums.prospero.com/am-assocdevxml/chat and submit your questions.

    The complete speaker roster will be posted here on Wednesday morning. Here is a partial list (visit each link to see what the speaker has to say).

    Wednesday
    Rick Dalzell
    Joel Spolsky
    George Dyson (and more here)
    James Gosling
    Eric Neustadter
    Rael Dornfest

    Thursday

    Gregor Kiczales
    Craig McClanahan
    Brian Aker
    Gavin King
    Bela Ban
    Michael Tiemann
    Margo Seltzer (and more here)
    Chris Hofmann
    Bjorn Freeman-Benson
    Guido van Rossum (and more here)

    AWS Newsletter #10

    The following newsletter was sent to the entire AWS developer community today (sections that were specific to an emailed newsletter have been removed). Most of the information in the newsletters has already been posted to this blog.

    Amazon Web Services Newsletter #10 – January 13, 2005

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Amazon Web Services Newsletter.

    Today’s Topics:

    • ECS 3 Offering Type Issue
    • Newest Release of ECS Now Online
    • Amazon Web Services Blogs
    • Deprecating AWSProductData
    • Developer Conference

    ECS 3 Offering Type Issue
    As a result of some internal changes made by AWS on January 6th, ECS 3.0 began returning undocumented values for the OfferingType element. OfferingType began returning these undocumented values: “new”, “used”, “collectible” and “refurbished”. The error was resolved on January 10 and we have reverted back to documented values for OfferingType: “ThirdPartyNew”, “Used”, “Collectible” and
    “Refurbished”.

    If you modified your application/script based on the undocumented values that ECS returned from January 6th to January 10th, youmay need to modify it to handle the correct documented values. If you have not changed your application/script, you do not need to do anything.

    If you are using an application built by a third party, please consult with the developer of that application for further information.

    Newest Release of ECS Now Online
    A new release of ECS was pushed online earlier this month. The release notes can be found
    http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/associates/ecs-releasenotes-2004-01-05.pdf

    This release includes full acccess to the OfferListingId, OfferingId, OfferListing and for non-US locales, access to the Amazon.com offer in the ThirdPartyProductDetails response group, access to the Health and Personal Care search index for the UK, and a number of bug fixes.

    The same document also includes informaton on the release which went live at the end of December. That release included a number of bug fixes; please refer to the release notes for details.

    Amazon Web Services Blogs
    Members of the Amazon Web Services Developer Relations Team have been blogging to the Amazon Web Services Blog for the last couple of months. Right now we have two blogs:

    English:  http://aws.typepad.com/
    Japanese: http://aws.typepad.com/aws_jp/

    The blogs contain information on new releases of AWS, productsbuilt with AWS, and links to articles that we believe will be of interest to the AWS developer community.

    Contributions for the newsletter are always welcome; please send them to awseditor@amazon.com .

    Deprecating AWSProductData
    Some applications built during the early phases of the ECS 4 beta test used the value AWSProductData for the Service parameter. Applications using this value must be modified to use AWSECommerceService as soon as possible. Making this change will have no impact on how your requests to AWS behave. We plan to discontinue this non-production feature in the next few weeks.

    Developer Conference
    A number of well-known technologists and software developers will be coming to Seattle next week to take part in a conference for the software development community within Amazon. While we don’t have the facilities to accommodate anyone from outside of Amazon, we do want to give you the highlights of their talks. Therefore, we will be posting real-time transcripts of each talk on the AWS blog at http://aws.typepad.com, and we will also keep a chat session open for the entire two-day event so that you can pose questions to the speakers.

    ImageTracker Tool

    JAMM Consulting has released ImageTracker, a tool for Amazon merchants. The tool detects missing images in ECS-powered sites and provides for immediate notification. Other features include:

    • Checks browse and detail images
    • Lists products by ASIN and description for easy identification
    • Daily status reports
    • Easy signup
    • Automatic updates when the merchant changes products,  no need for manual updates

    Free online registration at the ImageTracker site.

    ECS 3.0 OfferingType Issue

    This message summarizes a problem that some ECS 3.0 users encountered during the last 4 days and the steps that may need to be taken to ensure that developer applications are running as intended.

    As a result of some internal changes made by AWS on January 6th, ECS 3.0 began returning undocumented values for the OfferingType element. OfferingType began returning undocumented values: “new”, “used”, “collectible” and “refurbished”. The error was resolved on January 10 and we have reverted back to documented values for OfferingType: “ThirdPartyNew”, “Used”, “Collectible” and “Refurbished”. If you modified your application/script based on the undocumented values that ECS returned from January 6th to January 10th, you may need to modify it to handle the correct documented values. If you have not changed your application/script, you do not need to do anything. If you are using an application built by a third party, please consult with that developer for further information.

    We apologize for any disruption of service this change may have caused. Please know that the success of your businesses built using AWS continues to be our top priority.