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Decay in the Amazon APIs

In Chapter 17 of Pro Web 2.0 Mashups, I created a mashup of an Amazon Wishlist and Google Spreadsheets. When I returned to examine my code last night, I learned that it no longer worked.  Why?  First, the  Amazon Ecommerce API morphed into the Amazon Product Advertising API; I was puzzled why the API wasn't […]

Screen-scraping references

Even though my book focuses on the use of formal APIs for mashups, I'd like to provide guidance on screen-scraping and other forms of reverse engineering to my readers. There's plenty of mashup work that can be done even if you confine yourself to using only formal APIs. Sometimes, it's handy or even necessary to […]