The Syndic8 "merchandise box " (shown on the home page and
on the feed info pages) now contains a link to a series of
dynamically generated merchandise pages.
The "root" merchandise page can be found at:
You can support Syndic8 by making your Amazon purchases
through these pages.
The really interesting feature here is that these pages are all
dynamically generated using data pulled from Amazon using
their new SOAP API. I built a small PHP module called PIA
do the dirty work.
More info on the Amazon web services can be found at
Since this is Syndic8, each of the merchandise detail pages also
has an RSS feed of its own. The description fields here are still
pretty lame -- suggestions invited. You could also support
Syndic8 by embedding these URLs in your own pages.
The URLs to the detail pages and to the RSS generator are
very flexible and (should you be so inclined) you can build
your own queries pretty easily by modifying the Type, Category,
and SearchKey parameters within the URLs.
Type can be any of the following values:
Category is an Amazon category such as "books", "music", or
"videogames". More info on this can be found in the Amazon
SearchKey is the search key within the type. If Type is
BrowseNode then SearchKey must be a browse ID. If Type is
Author then it must be an author, etc. URL-encoding (e.g. '%20' for
space). To find books by Donald Knuth, set SearchKey to
'Donald%20Knuth'. The URLs also accept an "N=" parameter
to control the number of items displayed. This value defaults to 15.
There is a totally transparent cache between the merchandise
pages and the RSS feeds, and the Amazon service itself. Data is
retained in the cache for an hour to ease the load on Amazon's
I need to put some <link> tags on the merchandise pages.
Jeff Barr - Vertex Development - jeff@...
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