Sunday, 11 October 2009

Amazon web services via Grails

I just recently noticed that Amazon have changed the way you invoke their Product Advertising API - you now need to sign requests as described in the Example REST Requests.

I obviously haven't been reading my emails, since the first clue came when I saw:

<Error><Code>MissingParameter</Code><Message>The request must contain the parameter Signature.</Message></Error>

Luckily, they have a java example demonstrating how to make an API request.

If you extract the source from this sample into your <GRAILS_APP>/src/java directory, then you can invoke the amazon api with code like:

[sourcecode language="java"]
import org.codehaus.groovy.grails.commons.ConfigurationHolder

class AmazonService {
private static final String ENDPOINT = "";
private static final String AWS_SECRET_KEY = "put your secret key here";
private static final String AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID = "put your access key here";

boolean transactional = false

* Call amazon lookup api.
* Returns xml document.
def getData(String asin) {
SignedRequestsHelper helper = SignedRequestsHelper.getInstance(ENDPOINT, AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_KEY);

String requestUrl = null;
String title = null;

Map params = new HashMap();
params.put("Service", "AWSECommerceService");
params.put("Version", "2009-03-31");
params.put("Operation", "ItemLookup");
params.put("ItemId", asin);
params.put("ResponseGroup", "Small,Medium");

requestUrl = helper.sign(params);

def xml = new URL(requestUrl).text
return new XmlSlurper().parseText(xml)

You could, of-course, define your access keys in the Config.groovy class if you prefer.

(To find your identifiers, see


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