SOAP me up baby – it’s time to clean-out your old screen-scrapers with Amazon.com Web Services. Web what ? Web services , in its current definition, is using the existing HTTP infrastructure to allow computers to access functions, modules, methods, procedures and eventually data on another computer – even though the other computer may be an entirely different operating system and/or set of softwares. But instead of esperanto, they speak to one another via XML.
In this case, Amazon is exposing a small part of their overall system to you so you can create smarter links and lookups to books, and they can make money. If you’re thinking to yourself … hmmm … didn’t Google just get done doing this? Yup, in fact, check out Dave Winer’s GoogleBox example.
Obviously code-monkey stuff. I for one am going to see what I can do quick-n-dirty with SOAP::Lite sometime with in the next few days.
Yeah, I know I’m a day late on the subject, but it gives me a chance to provide a quick list of articles that go into gorier detail – in no specific order:
- Peter Drayton’s Radio Weblog
- Incutio Limited : Amazon Search Demo via PHP
- Mark Pilgrim’s Python Glue
- Michael Bernstein – Amazon XML API
More links to come.