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== amazon-ecs

Generic Product Advertising Ruby API using Hpricot. Uses Response and 
Element wrapper classes for easy access to the REST API XML output.

It is generic, so you can easily extend <tt>Amazon::Ecs</tt> to support 
other not implemented REST operations; and it is also generic because it just wraps around
Hpricot element object, instead of providing one-to-one object/attributes to XML elements map.

The idea is as the API evolves, there is a change in REST XML output structure, 
no updates will be required on <tt>amazon-ecs</tt> gem, 
instead you just need to update the element path. 

== INSTALLATION

  $ gem install amazon-ecs

== EXAMPLE

    require "amazon/ecs"
	
    # set the default options; options will be camelized and converted to REST request parameters.
    Amazon::Ecs.options = {:aWS_access_key_id => "[your access key]"}

    # to generate signed requests include your secret key:
    Amazon::Ecs.options = {:aWS_access_key_id => "[your developer token]", :aWS_secret_key => "[your secret access key]"}

    # alternatively,
    Amazon::Ecs.configure do |options|
        options[:aWS_access_key_id] = "[your access key]"
        options[:aWS_secret_key] = "[you secret key]"
    end

    # options provided on method call will merge with the default options
    res = Amazon::Ecs.item_search("ruby", {:response_group => "Medium", :sort => "salesrank"})

    # some common response object methods
    res.is_valid_request?     # return true if request is valid
    res.has_error?            # return true if there is an error
    res.error                 # return error message if there is any
    res.total_pages           # return total pages
    res.total_results         # return total results
    res.item_page             # return current page no if :item_page option is provided

    # traverse through each item (Amazon::Element)
    res.items.each do |item|
      # retrieve string value using XML path
      item.get("asin")
      item.get("itemattributes/title")

      # return Amazon::Element instance
      item_attributes = item.get_element("itemattributes")
      item_attributes.get("title")
  
      # return first author or a string array of authors
      item_attributes.get("author")          # "Author 1"
      item_attributes.get_array("author")    # ["Author 1", "Author 2", ...]
  
      # return an hash of children text values with the element names as the keys
      item.get_hash("smallimage") # {:url => ..., :width => ..., :height => ...}

      # return the first matching path as Amazon::Element
      item_height = item.get_element("itemdimensions/height")
      
      # retrieve attributes from Amazon::Element
      item_height.attributes["units"]   # "hundredths-inches"
      
      # return an array of Amazon::Element
      authors = item.get_elements("author")
  
      # return Hpricot::Elements object or nil if not found
      reviews = item/"editorialreview"
  
      # traverse through Hpricot elements
      reviews.each do |review|
        # Getting hash value out of Hpricot element
        Amazon::Element.get_hash(review) # [:source => ..., :content ==> ...]
    
        # Or to get unescaped HTML values
        Amazon::Element.get_unescaped(review, "source")
        Amazon::Element.get_unescaped(review, "content")
        
        # Or this way
        el = Amazon::Element.new(review)
        el.get_unescaped("source")
        el.get_unescaped("content")
      end
    end

Refer to Amazon Product Advertising API documentation for more information 
on Amazon REST request parameters and XML output:
https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/advertising/api/detail/main.html

To get a sample of Amazon REST response XML output, use AWSZone.com scratch pad:
http://www.awszone.com/scratchpads/aws/ecs.us/index.aws

== SOURCE CODES

* http://github.com/jugend/amazon-ecs

== CREDITS

Thanks to Dan Milne (http://da.nmilne.com/) for the signed request patch.

== LICENSE

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2010 Herryanto Siatono, http://www.siatono.com
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