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    Hello,

    Does Amazon have a database that you can use with this program ?

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    I believe Amazon publishes data feeds, and just about any delimited data feed will work well with WebMerge.

    Check with the Amazon Affiliate page for details on their feed options.
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    AFAIK Amazon still only has XML...
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    The short answer is no (See Leader's post) - sorry.

    Although, nothing wrong with having Amazon related products show up on an individual product page made by WM eh? Load your XML code with WM, along with the product info from your delimited feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    AFAIK Amazon still only has XML...
    How primitive of them.

    Oh well, their IT staff is probably more smug than convinceable, so I'll simply speed up my work on getting XML support into WebMerge.

    How sad that even at smart companies the IT staff can be so easily pursuaded to follow fashion trends over delivering results.... ::
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    RE: Amazon
    David Cusimano's Amazon script works great with WM generated pages...just be sure to have a server that can handle all the script calls if you are generating a lot of pages...

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    I found this script ...here is the site that I made with it http://www.affiliate-market.com the free script is at the bottom of the page.

    This is just a test site !

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    Richard,

    Amazon's datafeed, is not what you think it is. You make calls based on criteria (search or pre-defined), they deliver results in real-time to your document. They only let you retrieve a certain number of results also.

    So a large flat file is not available. Actually, it works pretty well.

    Fred

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    Quote Originally Posted by buy_online
    Richard,
    Amazon's datafeed, is not what you think it is. You make calls based on criteria (search or pre-defined), they deliver results in real-time to your document. They only let you retrieve a certain number of results also.
    Ah. I'm familair with Amazon's excellent web services. When someone mentioned data feed I thought they were referring to a data feed.

    Amazon doesn't offer the ability to generate a data feed based on selectable criteria outside of their web services?

    Hmmmm...... that would seem useful...
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpunky
    I found this script ...here is the site that I made with it http://www.affiliate-market.com the free script is at the bottom of the page.
    I'll take a look at it. Now that we've started advertising other affiliate software in the Fourth World forum I guess I'll have to do double-duty adding those features into WebMerge....
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    I would consider the rest of the merchants as primitive in comparison to Amazon -

    Amazon XML is very low maintenance, the prices are always up to date and so are the products. Working with webmerge is time consuming and a constant battle to keep products up to date.

    Believe me when I say I love webmerge dearly but I only use it because I lack the technological skills to do things a better way.

    Quote Originally Posted by FourthWorld
    How primitive of them.

    Oh well, their IT staff is probably more smug than convinceable, so I'll simply speed up my work on getting XML support into WebMerge.

    How sad that even at smart companies the IT staff can be so easily pursuaded to follow fashion trends over delivering results.... ::
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    And Amazon does NOT want people to use flat file datafeeds or to store or cache their datafeeds for that matter. They only want you pulling information in real time as much as possible. I know of a programmer that pulled their xml feed into a local database and was threatened with legal action!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi
    I would consider the rest of the merchants as primitive in comparison to Amazon -

    Amazon XML is very low maintenance, the prices are always up to date and so are the products. Working with webmerge is time consuming and a constant battle to keep products up to date.
    XML is a file format, and as such is not in itself radically different from delimited formats other than being more bloated and less efficient to parse (depending on what it's being used for, of course).

    So the core question here isn't about XML vs. simpler formats, it's about static feeds vs. dynamic services. It isn't the case that Amazon publishes in a format WebMerge doesn't currently use, it's that Amazon doesn't publish a feed at all.

    Their model is interesting, and as the 800 lb gorrilla I'm happy to see what I can add to WebMerge to assist with using their live web services.

    Given the specific model they've chosen, it may only be possible to support it in the Server Edition of WebMerge, since it requires making live connections to their server.

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi
    Believe me when I say I love webmerge dearly but I only use it because I lack the technological skills to do things a better way.
    If I do my job you won't need to. WebMerge Server Edition should be as easy to work with as the current desktop version, but with the flexibility of incorportating dynamic more dynamically.

    Off to go read up on Amazon's web services API....
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    And Amazon does NOT want people to use flat file datafeeds or to store or cache their datafeeds for that matter. They only want you pulling information in real time as much as possible. I know of a programmer that pulled their xml feed into a local database and was threatened with legal action!
    Not sure what that other programmer was thinking, but here you can rest assured that whenever I use another company's services I read their terms and conditions first.
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    Mozilla Amazon Browser for ad hoc Amazon "datafeeds"
    Not sure if this topic has been prev. addressed on ABW (apologies for the waste of bw if it has!), but Mozilla/Firefox has a plug-in (Mozilla Amazon Browser, MAB) that can spit out XML. This, in turn, can be opened in Excel and reformatted as desired. Here's the link:

    http://www.faser.net/mab/

    Unfortunately, MAB does not extract Descriptions from Amazon's db; it does extract Reviews. I've suggested the Descriptions field to the developer; I'll post back if/when it's added.

    -KH

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    I tried MAB and can't get even the reviews to work for me. Tried several titles and waited 2-3 minutes for a few and still no reviews displaying. Hmmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KHashmi316
    Not sure if this topic has been prev. addressed on ABW (apologies for the waste of bw if it has!), but Mozilla/Firefox has a plug-in (Mozilla Amazon Browser, MAB) that can spit out XML. This, in turn, can be opened in Excel and reformatted as desired.
    It's not technically difficult to add that to WebMerge, but since Amazon has made it clear that they prefer their services to be used dynamically I'm not clear on what one would expect to do with a static version of their data.

    What did you have in mind?
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