Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Wish List

It was fun to meet up with Chris and Kim on the weekend. I am the laughing Buddha on the right here.

During the course of a long and rambling conversation they recommended a couple of books to me (Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History', and Robert Wilson's 'The Blind Man of Seville') so I set up an Amazon Wish List to remind me of them.

That made we wonder of there was a way I could add the list to the blog here as I know that Amazon is accessible via an XML Web Services API.

I found an overview of approaches to doing that here, but the code snippets and plug ins that they mentioned only seemed to work with amazon.com not amazon.co.uk.

I finally found something called AmazonBox which works for a nummer of locales. I've added it here under the blogroll.

It still needs a bit of work for formatting as the currency is not displaying properly etc. but I'm not really in the mood to start burrowing into the CSS at the moment. I suppose I could really write code to access Amazon directly myself if I get some time, but for the time being I am pleased with it as a holding pen for books, CDs and DVDs that people recommend to me.

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