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In this concluding article, find out how to add search features to your AWS-backed online store, and link your product pages up to Amazon.com's shopping carts and wish lists.

  1. Using Amazon Web Services With PHP And SOAP (part 2)
  2. Rolling The Stones
  3. Searching For Words
  4. Drilling Deeper
  5. Riding The Popularity Metrics
  6. Bagging It
  7. Linking Out
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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November 13, 2002

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In addition to the methods described above, AWS includes a few more - here's a list of the ones I've missed:

SellerSearchRequest() - retrieve a list of products sold by third-party sellers

ListManiaSearchRequest() - retrieve a list

WishlistSearchRequest() - retrieve a wishlist

SellerProfileSearchRequest() - retrieve a third-party seller profile

Integrating these into your online store is not very difficult - the procedure is technically similar to what is described above, with appropriate changes to the function calls and responses. For more information, take a look at the following links:

The AWS home page, at http://www.amazon.com/webservices/

The AWS discussion boards, at http://forums.prospero.com/am-assocdevxml

The AWS "lite" DTD, at http://xml.amazon.com/schemas2/dev-lite.dtd

The AWS "heavy" DTD, at http://xml.amazon.com/schemas2/dev-heavy.dtd

The SOAP WSDL, at http://soap.amazon.com/schemas2/AmazonWebServices.wsdl

And that's about it for the moment. In this concluding article, I introduced you to the AWS methods that allow you to add search functionality to your Amazon-backed online store, demonstrating how they could be used to locate items by keyword, author, artist, actor or manufacturer. I also showed you how to refine searches using similarity tests, and illustrated how you can provide shoppers with the ability to buy items using Amazon.com Payments, or add them to a wishlist on the main Amazon.com site.

I hope you enjoyed this article, and that you found it helpful in your online e-commerce experience. Let me know what you thought, or if you'd like to read more about AWS...and until I see you next, have fun!

Note: All examples in this article have been tested on Linux/i586 with Apache 1.3.24, PHP 4.2.3, NuSOAP 6 (rev 1.11) and AWS 2.0. Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production environment. Melonfire provides no warranties or support for the source code described in this article. All product data in this article belongs to Amazon.com. YMMV!

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