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I’ll Take Potpourri for 300, Please

by Jeff Barr | on | in Developer Tools | | Comments

This is my 300th post to this blog, and I’ll celebrate by posting a veritable potpourri of interesting items.

  • In a rare self-congratulatory note I will observe that we are the first entry on the Fortune 500 Business Blogging List.
  • Priceheat is a one-click Amazon price-checker bookmarklet.
  • Mark O’Neill talks about Security for REST Web Services, and also posted a link to a very informative presentation.
  • Speaking of REST, I learned today (via the Microformats-REST list) that there is now a Simply Restful controller plugin for Ruby on Rails.
  • Chris Feldman has posted the PHP5 code for a web-based S3 interface. You will need a web server, PHP5, and a couple of PEAR classes.
  • The S3/Fuse project (“S3 as an infinitely large disk drive”) is progressing nicely and now has a Wiki page of its own. For Linux, some assembly required!
  • Jamie Wallingford is working to combine  Amazon, XML, XPath, and C# 2.0. As he says, “Another example of why it pays not to be in a hurry and to read the API.
  • MyThingo helps people organize their personal possessions, keep track of what they loan to friends, and showcase their collections – “MyThingo was the result of a few guys getting tired of keeping track of their movies, music, books, hardware tools.
  • Over at Codesworth, Hong Son has a couple of cool ECS and AWIS applications for free download. i-myZon is a gateway to Amazon, a .Net 2.0 application which supports searching for products and for wishlists, price alerts, and lots more. Download, screen shot. aMiner is another .Net 2.0 application, this one provides web data mining using the Alexa Web Information Service. Download and screen shot.
  • Interview with Nasser Manesh, CTO of Frucall (mobile shopping search tool), previously blogged – “We are an AWS (Amazon Web Services) developer.”
  • The Books tab of has a nifty, dynamic, ECS-powered search box.
  • Brad Dixon is working to add S3 support to the open source Backup Manager tool – “I’ve begun modifying Backup Manager to use the S3 utility as a upload target. I can now run a backup and have it stored offsite for pennies.

That’s about it for this morning. Time to go write another 300 posts.

— Jeff;