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    i was wondering how you store/cache the information?

    do you store the reviews in a database after grabbing them from amazon?

    did you work off a script?

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    i would try working off a free script first like this one:
    http://www.chipdir.nl/amazon/
    the first script is simple is simple and easy to change and manipulate for your own uses. thats what i used to power this page:
    http://kdb003.neominds.net/bookclub/
    which isnt done yet

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    Shawn, the XML Scratch Pad is your friend. (Found under Tools on the Web Services homepage.)

    Get yourself a developer's token and play with the scratch pad. Don't bother with the developer's pack until you have some firm understanding about which variables you can play with in the XML call to Amazon.

    It's all about the XML call to Amazon.

    This is a books search for "Frank Herbert" sorted by sales:
    http://xml.amazon.com/onca/xml3?t=po...te&page=&f=xml
    (the link should display the contents of an XML file for those of you IE)

    Now you gotta figure out how you wanna parse that sucker to extract that data, and setup a caching mechanism. I don't use a database to cache but some people do. I found a cache script at the PHP Pear site.

    As kdb003 has found, there are a bunch of free AWS scripts out there. Check out the AWS forums as well.

    I have found AWS is still a work in progress on Amazon's end. Massive downtime is not unheard of. Prepare that error handling!

    Good luck!
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    If you plan on displaying an extra-large number of products, say 500 or more (this could occur if users can perform a search on a category), then consider your drive space for caching.

    Already, I've cached almost 100MB of AWS data. I don't know if that number will continue to grow or stabilize.

    It could be an issue for those who have only a few hundred megs in their hosting plan.

    'night
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    You could probably take that script you made and make it portable and sell it.

    If all I had to do was plug an Amazon category or ASINs into it I'd buy it I'm sure.
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    Really.
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    PCPlus had a tutorial on making a script like this.

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    I'd buy it too...
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    I wouldn't! Mainly because I'm poor and it's not hard to write yourself anyway.

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    I have more money than time right now -- which is why I'd buy it rather than try coding it.
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    i have the opposite more time and less money... i would buy it three

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    Hi, all.

    PM me if you're interested.
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    I PMed

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    Why PM?
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    Or just say it out loud here!
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    Well, I'm interested.
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