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RSSBus new beta - rsb:pipe
A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 4:11 PM

RSS emitting API
Jeremy Zawodny wants to see RSS-emitting APIs for every widget out there. Ding! That's how my AmzWish widget (you can see an example on my blog or on the AmzWish generator page) was created: simply making calls to AmazonOps exposed by RSSBus (which outputs RSS feeds). Basically AmzWish is just some html mixed in with an RSS feed. You can make your own or view the source here. The same thing could easily be done for Yahoo! Shopping - maybe I should put together some operations for the RSSBus yahooOps ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:02 PM

Connecting sources of data, online or off
This post by Jeff Barr gives some interesting examples of things people might want to do with their data, and more specifically connecting their data to and from multiple sources. The kind of things Jeff mentions can be attained using RSSBus. It all boils down to flexibility, and how someday we should be able to take such flexibility for granted. One of the examples Jeff gives is locating the Amazon wishlist of his top email correspondents, which is actually quite easily done with RSSBus. RSSBus ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 10:43 AM

Using AmzWish on
Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to By default, it contains ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:00 PM

AmzWish featured at Widgetbox
AmzWish is currently one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. AmzWish is a widget (developed with RSSBus) that displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:18 AM

AmzWish updated for,, .fr, .de.
I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:05 PM

Amazon wishlist widget
AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:43 AM

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