Unfortunately Amazon has been applying bogus software patents to its competitors. They patented the use of the cookie for e-commerce, and have also patented one-click sales and the use of commissioned referring sites. So please use the Bookstores section to find alternate bookstores. You might also follow the boycott link and add your website to it.
|AWS Programmer API||IsASINInStock|
|TestItemSearch: Sample Code For Amazon AWS||Books|
Amazon.com is an enormous online bookstore that carries many Java related books. If you visit them by clicking on the logo, I get a 5% commission on any books, tapes or CDs (Compact Disks) you buy. The main disadvantages of shopping this way, is, if you elect standard ground shipping, you can wait 4 to 10 weeks for delivery and you can’t peruse the entire books. The main advantage is the huge selection. If you click the logo, you will be taken to the store. To search by ISBN (International Standard Book Number), click book search then ISBN when you get there or go directly to ISBN search. To do searches combining incomplete information about author, title etc. click book search then power search once you get there.
Besides books, Amazon now sells electronics, DVD (Digital Video Disc) s, food, and magazine subscriptions.
You can do a variety of affiliate links to the Amazon.com website:
|Types of Links To Amazon.com|
text linkto a specific book
|Buy Java Persistence with Hibernate|
image linkto a specific book
CMP (Canadian Mind Products) Book Macros
Thankfully, they have created a programmer’s API. called AWS or more recently the PA-API (Product Advertising Application Programming Interface). Actually there are dozens of dozens of them actually, to let you do all manner of things including getting the information about a book in computer-friendly, and reasonably stable form — XML (extensible Markup Language)/SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Each country has its own servers, own accounts, own passwords, own XML schema… Unfortunately for batch processes, they don’t want you to do more than 200 inquiries per hour. Oddly, the problem is too much documentation and too many samples. You are overwhelmed. Don’t try to make sense of the complicated stuff until you gave found introductory docs and mastered the basics. Read the Getting Started Guide first. To help avoid overloading Amazon’s servers, find a response format that includes just what you need. Amazon issues you user IDs and passwords to use on all queries so they can track what you are up to with the API. They also insist that all queries be digitally signed and sent with HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over SSL (Secure Socket Layer)). You can sign by computing your own RFC 2104-compliant HMAC-SHA256 digital signature, or you can use Oasis WSS (Web Services Security) SOAP -Style signing, using your own X.509 certificate or one provided by Amazon. I guess they are preparing for a sophisticated DOS (Denial Of Service attack) attack.
To use it you will need:
You don’t need AWS SDK (Software Development Kit). All you need is AWSECommerceService.wsdl, and Java’s built-in JAX features.
There is a utility called the Amazon Product Advertising API Signed Requests Helper that helps you understand how queries are constructed. It sorts the parameters alphabetically, adds a timestamp and digitally signs the request to form a GET URL (Uniform Resource Locator). It is a little out of date. The URLs it uses do not match those in the JAX spec. Here is what a typical query looks like:
Fields to use in your inquiries you may find of interest include:
Fields of interest in the responses include:
You do not directly specify which fields you can in response, but you can specify constellations of names called ResponseGroups.
The XML response has a complex tree structure, it is not just a matter of requesting the field you want.
You can batch up to ten queries in on request.
They also have SDK s for half a dozen languages. I don’t know much about it.
|USA||https://webservices.amazon.com/onca/soap||AWSECommerceServicePort or AWSECommerceServicePortUS|
The web is littered with obsolete lists of the endpoint URLs. You can find the most recent list inside AWSECommerceService.wsdl. You don’t use the endpoints directly unless you are experimenting with Amazon Product Advertising API Signed Requests Helper. Otherwise you use the corresponding port getter e.g. AWSECommerceService.getAWSECommerceServicePortCA() or AWSECommerceService.getAWSECommerceServicePort(); and JAX looks effectively looks up the corresponding end point in AWSECommerceService.wsdl (using pre-generated code). Note that Amazon in India (Junglee.com) does not support and AWS neither does Amazon in Austria (Amazon.at).
It took weeks to get this little sample program to use the Amazon AWS API working. Even the Signed Requests Helper utility took days to get working. The problem is Amazon makes their API more and more complicated each year, but do not update the documentation, and they refuse to provide complete example code. I have never in my career of 50 years seen a more incompetently documented API. Further the API is not consistent. Further it is often idiotic, e.g. returning the number of results as a BigInteger when even a short would have done fine.
I downloaded this AwsHandlerResolver code from the Amazon website, then modified it to use the more compact CMP Base64 classes. AwsHandlerResolver handles the poorly documented stuff like adding a timestamp, digitally signing your request and Base64 ASCII-armouring the signature.
The following is a more complicated example. You give it an ISBN-13 (aka EAN (European Article Number) ) on the command line and it probes the Amazon API to find the title, author, publisher, published date. It also probes for the ISBN-13s of alternate bindings, e.g. Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audio. It creates a text file (in the form of an HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) macro) summarising this information and downloads the large bookcover image. It does not include the author birth/death dates since Amazon does not track them. On my website, those fields are added later by code part of HTMLMacros.
The following takes either an isbn13 or ASIN and probes the Amazon.com AWS API to find out if the product is in stock. The results do not correspond well with the information on the website. I don’t know which is actually correct.
|recommend book⇒Programming Amazon Web Services: S3, EC2, SQS, FPS, and SimpleDB|
It is about doing your computing by renting Amazon servers. It is not about using the AWS Amazon Product Advertising API to do book referrals.
|Greyed out stores probably do not have the item in stock. Try looking for it with a bookfinder.|
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