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Amazon.com is advancing the boundaries of the Internet through their powerful suite of web services. Innovative developers are combining Amazon data with other freely available sources to create new and interesting applications known as Mashups. This book teaches you the ...
Amazon.com is advancing the boundaries of the Internet through their powerful suite of web services. Innovative developers are combining Amazon data with other freely available sources to create new and interesting applications known as Mashups. This book teaches you the techniques behind mashup applications and for the first time shows you how to build them yourself.
The examples in this book show you how to integrate Amazon web services with APIs from Yahoo!, eBay, Google and YouTube. You'll learn how to combine data from disparate sources to create new applications using next generation browser techniques such as AJAX, JSON and Dynamic Scripting. You will learn how to re-purpose web service data so that it can be consumed from mobile devices such as a cell phone or PDA. Because both the theory and code are explained, you'll be able to easily take the lessons in this book to build your own killer mashup applications.
Expert web services developer Francis Shanahan guides you through the basics of web service consumption using XML, SOAP and REST. Next generation browser techniques such as AJAX are illustrated in easy to follow step by step examples. He also completes the picture by introducing advanced techniques to enhance performance such as the multi-threading web service features of ASP.NET 2.0.
With this book, you'll discover how to:
Who this book is for
Part I: A Brave New Web.
Chapter 1. Web 2.0.
Chapter 2. The Amazon Web Service Platform.
Chapter 3. Other Mashable Services.
Part II Get Ready to Mash.
Chapter 4. Development Tools.
Chapter 5. The Technology.
Chapter 6. Mashup Techniques.
Chapter 7. Creating Your First Remix.
Part III The Mashups.
Chapter 8. Building Your First Mashup.
Chapter 9. Putting the Browser to Work.
Chapter 10. An Ajax-Powered Wish List.
Chapter 11. Let's Eat!
Chapter 12. A Customer Browser Using JSON.
Chapter 13. Improving Performance.
Chapter 14. Amazon Mobile.
Chapter 15. A Generic Storage Solution Using Amazon S3.
Chapter 16. Further Ideas.
Appendix A. The E-Commerce Service FAQ.
Appendix B. Exercise Answers.
Posted December 17, 2008
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This is a very comprehensive book that is well-suited to the target audience: professional developers who like "cutting code". Hence the five stars. <BR/><BR/>But cutting code is not the only way to develop mashups that invoke Amazon Web Services (AWS) or other APIs. In a future edition it would be nice to see more information on how you could use (for example) Yahoo! Pipes to develop mashups graphically. There are many examples of AWS being invoked in this way, but I guess that this book was published too early to take account of the 'easier' ways of developing such mashups. <BR/><BR/>So I say again: It's a good book, but not for beginners who want to develop mashups in a drag-and-drop fashion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.