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The Web Developer's Guide To Amazon E-Commerce Service: Developing Web Applications Using Amazon Web Services And PHP Paperback – April 11, 2005


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  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: LULU (April 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141162551X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411625518
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is written by a web developer for web developers, full stop.
Adrian Casillas
I found the examples in this book very useful for illustrating how to get up and running quickly while giving a good foundation for more experimentation.
fgw
It helps that the book is well-written and engaging (something I've come to NOT expect from the tech-book mills that usually churn out books like this).
Sean M. Gallagher

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Gallagher on July 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is the only resource I've been able to find that pulls together the current information on Amazon's E-Commerce Service platform *and* applies it to PHP development. I wouldn't say I have the deepest PHP skills in the world, but I found that I could easily apply the exercises in this book to my own projects.

It helps that the book is well-written and engaging (something I've come to NOT expect from the tech-book mills that usually churn out books like this).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hendley on August 20, 2005
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I just got done reading and hacking the book and have found many new ways in which to interface with amazon.com web services. The book delivers on its title and does so to a broad audience in a clean style. You will need to understand XML technologies at a beginner's level and be proficient in PHP in order to fully utilize this book. Novices can also learn from this book.

Thanks Jason Levitt
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Casillas on March 28, 2006
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Some of the reviewers seem to be wishing for a "..for Dummies" book. This aint it. What this book is is an excellent overview of the entire Amazon e-commerce platform from the perspective of a web developer. It is written by a web developer for web developers, full stop. And as far as that statement is true, this is an excellent (and inexpensive 8-) resource.

That said, there is most certainly an opportunity for some author out there to write a down and dirty guide to Amazon e-commerce for folks with mom'n'pop websites. Indeed, how about a down'n'dirty guide to amazon/ebay/google/yahoo services..as well as RSS..you name it? A gaping hole in the market IMHO.

Well, I digress: the current book is excellent and heartily recommended to developers and tech-savvy website managers who don't mind skipping some gory details to read a very good overview of what Amazon has on offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fgw on September 16, 2005
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I am relative novice when it comes to using web services but I have some experience with PHP. I found the examples in this book very useful for illustrating how to get up and running quickly while giving a good foundation for more experimentation. The Author does not give away all of the answers to building a complete Amazon app which I found to be be nice because it made me think of other more imaginative ways to use them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Discoveror on August 16, 2005
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If you're serious about learning the Amazon commercial API's, I can't imagine a better organized source. From API evolution and internationalization to web services alternatives to in-depth chapters on itemSearch, pagination, sorting, product details & variations. How do you find information on customer vs. sellers? How do you implement remote carts?

Succinctly written and chock full; I really can't fathom what more the other reviewers were expecting. I'm just tickled silly that all this information is gathered and presented so easily ... and for such a reasonable price.

Thank you - for the tremendous effort it must certainly have taken - to put this together. I am very grateful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cotovan Cristian on July 14, 2006
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I think this book is great, first time I have seen it advertized I thought: "I have to get this". Have not finished reading it yet, I am about one third through, but I think one of the big flaws (if not indeed the author meant it that way) is that it dives into XML / WSDL / SOAP too soon or too sudden... at least for me. By the time I have started understanting how everything is organized in the scheme of things, it was all about that, and I personally don't have experience --- a lot with these things.

Another thing I don't particularly enjoy is the presentation is intertwined -- PHP 4 and PHP 5. At times this is confusing and if you just browse trough trying to find something randomly, you always have to read back a little bit to find out whether it's about PHP 4 or 5.

Otherwise, I am pretty happy with it and can't wait to actually start implementing some things I heave learned in this book in my own applications.
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