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XML Shell

The XML Shell allows command-line users to interactively query and manipulate XML data without writing any code. Written in Perl, the tool allows you to use a combination of Perl and XPath syntax to treat XML data structures as if they were genuine Perl objects. You can also navigate through the XML data hierarchy using […]

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XML Tips and Tricks

Courtesy of our friends over at IBM’s DeveloperWorks site comes this collection of XML Tips and Tricks. Near the bottom of that page, you can find some very worthwhile articles on the use of XSLT, including a tip on the use of XSLT to create lookup tables, along with the followup on defaults and error […]

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XML Editors

If you work with data from ECS (or any of the other Amazon services, for that matter) you may want to consider using an XML editor. Here’s an article about open source XML editors. If you are looking for a commercial product, consider Altova’s XML Spy.

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Zuggest — Dynamic Amazon Query

Francis Shanahan has developed Zuggest, a novel approach to searching the Amazon catalog. Simply enter your query, and Zuggest will make a call to ECS every couple of seconds and update the display accordingly. Zuggest is an example of a so-called “Ajax” application, using a combination of asynchronous calls to ECS and direct processing of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dealazon.com

The new ECS-powered dealazon.com site displays the best deals (products with the highest discounts) from a number of Amazon categories, including Electronics, Kitchen, Toys, Tools, Books, Music, DVDs,  and Jewelry & Watches. The site also offers RSS feeds for each type of deal. 

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Major Updates to Pricenoia

The ECS-powered Pricenoia site has been updated. According to the latest entry in the Pricenoia blog, this release includes the following new features: Access to data from Amazon France and Amazon Canada Used and Third Party pricing data The option to search all Amazon sites simultaneously Additional product lines More sorting options User preferences Additional […]

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Music Plasma becomes Live Plasma

The ECS-powered Music Plasma site has morphed into the more powerful and more general Live Plasma. Music Plasma was used to search and browse the Amazon music catalog. Live Plasma builds on this to allow searching music and movies. It also features a multilingual user interface, a more interesting visual presentation (including product images), and […]

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Feeling Spendy?

Did you ever want to find a random Amazon product at a certain price point? If so, you will find Thomas Scott‘s “I’m Feeling Spendy” tool very handy. Select UK pounds or US dollars, enter in a price, and hit the button. The bottom panel will show a randomly selected Amazon product at or around […]

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