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10. Unconventional Feeds > 10.13. Having Amazon Produce Its Own RSS Feeds

Having Amazon Produce Its Own RSS Feeds

Andrew Odewahn, an editor at O’Reilly, spotted how you can have Amazon.com produce RSS feeds from any search within its own site. So, he says:

You could subscribe to a search for books on “software engineering,” “Java,” and “history of europe” to easily keep track with what’s going on.

To do this, you only need play with a URL. The URL for an RSS 0.91 feed of a keyword search for “software engineering” is:

http://xml.amazon.com/onca/xml3?t=webservices-20&dev- t=amznRss&KeywordSearch=software%20engineering&mode=books&bcm=&typ e=lite&page=1&ct=text/xml&sort=+salesrank&f=http://xml.amazon.com/xsl/ xml-rss091.xsl

As you can see, this is actually calling the Amazon web services system and then formatting it by passing it through an XSLT stylesheet.


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