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    Saw the new script for the Amazon XML feed on your site. What are the advantages of using the script?

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    Our new Amazon XML script is under development at the moment. Some of the advantages/features of using our amazon.pl XML script are:

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI> fully compliant with Amazon's XML WebServices (i.e. amazon gives you permission to use and display the data contained in the XML data such as price and reviews)
    <LI> all in one package (no need to install non-standard perl modules to get the script working)
    <LI> complete control over formatting of the results (using our built-in format templates or through building your own using our custom format template parameters)
    <LI> support for conditional "if" statements in the format template
    <LI> more detailed search features supported (search by ISBN/ASIN, author, similar products)
    <LI> support for most features provided by our current amazon.pl script
    <LI> for the most part the new script will be compatible with the current amazon.pl script
    <LI> "add to cart" feature to by-pass the "used items" and "similar items" pages
    <LI> display of up to date prices
    <LI> "you save" amount shown
    <LI> faster than our current amazon.pl script
    <LI> can show more than 10 items per page including "next" and "previous" page
    <LI> can specify number of results that can show per page
    <LI> ability to show product reviews
    <LI> ability to show Listmania lists[/list]

    Plus some other features we have in the works.

    Similar to our current amazon.pl script, the new script will support caching of results.

    For many, the biggest advantage of using our amazon.pl XML version will be that there is no need to know anything about XML, Webservices, or Perl to take advantage of amazon.com's XML service - we've designed our amazon.pl XML script to be plug-and-play. You don't have to know how to write a computer program. The only thing you have to know is how to upload a script just like any other script. Simply install the amazon.pl XML script, edit the amazon.ini configuration with your amazon associate id, and add one or more HTML links on your site to call the script (with parameters in the URL that specifiy what you want to search for). Optionally, more advanced users can create/edit format templates and page templates (using just a HTML or text editor) with no need to re-program any Perl code.

    Most importantly, users of our new XML version can rely upon the fact that we have lots of experience and expertise in processing amazon results with our current amazon.pl script and that we have an established user base who have been using our current amazon.pl script. Also, as always, we provide excellent user support and free upgrades for 1-year.

    Also, current users of amazon.pl will receive a free upgrade to the XML version of amazon.pl.

    If anyone is interested in being notified when the XML version of amazon.pl is released sign up at the following page:

    www.cusimano.com/scripts/alertnew.html

    Yours truly,
    Cusimano.Com Corporation
    per: David Cusimano

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    [ 07-28-2002: Message edited by: cusimano ]

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    That's good news! I will certainly use it when you send out the update.

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    The XML version of amazon.pl has now been released.

    An email with instructions on how to upgrade to amazon.pl XML has been sent to all current registered users of amazon.pl. If anyone has not received an email and you are a registered user of amazon.pl script, let me know.

    The XML version is backwards compatible with the non-XML version. As such, the current amazon.pl documentation applies to the XML version. In addition, documentation explaining new features available in the XML version is currently being written.

    Yours truly,
    Cusimano.Com Corporation

    per: David Cusimano

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    Thank You, Thank You - David. I installed the XML this morning over the old amazon.pl - It went like a dream, the site functions fine and works perfectly with my exisiting templates.


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