Updated: 11/25/2005; 12:04:29 AM.

XML and software
XML, web and software in general, with notes on Radio Userland resources

daily link  Friday, August 06, 2004

Amazon's Web Services and XSLT: "Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide two ways to get XML versions of the information that Amazon's customers ordinarily get from HTML web pages: a SOAP interface and a REST interface."  80% of use is the simpler REST interface, where a carefully-composed URL yields XML.  What's more, you can specify a URL to an XSLT file and Amazon will filter the XML before returning it - very clever. 

The links in the article connect to Jon Udell's LibraryLookup : "bookmarklets for searching libraries. Apparently, quite a few libraries have ISBN lookup capabilities. Jon developed a piece of code that attaches itself to your browser menu bar. Then, when you are on, say, Amazon looking for a book, you can click on the bookmarklet and it will find out if your local library has it."  The bookmarklet Java script regex's to find the ISBN and constructs the URL to the library system of choice.  Cleverly, Jon added a link on his page so that users (mostly librarians) could hack up their own bookmarklets for their favorite libraries and submit them to his page.  His readers thus built a library of solutions they all share.  Great way to leverage a community to build shared value.

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