Tue, 25 Feb 2003
Amazon and usable wishlists
[amazon.com]:http://amazon.com is pretty familiar to most people who use the web. One of the most interesting things is the wishlist feature [(here's mine)]:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/registry/1XPNBZPM5DMK5/ . Users can easily make a list of things they'd like to get as gifts; it's also handy as a "maybe later" arena for windows shopping--the stuff you'd want, but not want to buy just now. DJ Adams (yeah, the same one who wrote blosmail) has a [nifty little perl module]:http://www.pipetree.com/qmacro/art/reading/wishlistXML.html that extracts nice XML data from Amazon's wishlist, so you can present it formatted differently, or keep your own outside list (like I do in [Readerware]:http://www.readerware.com/ . Of course, as DJ noticed, Amazon has [web services]:http://associates.amazon.com/exec/panama/associates/join/developer/faq.html/ available that may work quite a bit better. I should probably get an ID for this to play with. Or maybe I should finish the palm app I'm writing for class, or the overdue languages report...
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