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Displaying images from Amazon on my website

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I'm not too familiar with web design. I want to set up a simple website (offline) that displays random images (one at a time) from the Amazon catolog. Is this to do for free?
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Ray Paseur earned 1000 total points
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Where will you get the images?  Do you have permission to use them?  Once you can answer those, you should be able to copy and save the images in your own web site directories.  Getting a random number is a fairly standard feature of most programming languages.  In PHP, I use this code to choose a random image.
// SET THE DEFAULT IMAGE URL
$banner_url   = 'images/florida_beach.jpg';

// CHOOSE A JPG BANNER IMAGE FROM THE BANNERS DIRECTORY
$my_dir = 'banners/';

// OPEN THE BANNERS DIRECTORY
if ($dh = opendir($my_dir))
{
    // MAKE AN ARRAY OF THE JPG IMAGE FILE NAMES
    $b = array();
    while (($filename = readdir($dh)) !== FALSE)
    {
        // CHOOSE ONLY JPG IMAGES
        $file_ext = strtoupper(end(explode('.', $filename)));
        if ($file_ext != 'JPG') continue;
        
        // ELIMINATE ANY FILES THAT START WITH "W"
        if (strtoupper(substr($filename,0,1)) == 'W') continue;
        $b[] = $filename;
    }
    closedir($dh);    
    
    // WITH ALL FILE NAMES IN AN ARRAY, RANDOMIZE THE LIST AND CHOOSE ONE
    shuffle($b);
    $banner_name  = array_pop($b);
    $banner_url   = $my_dir . $banner_name;
    
    // RELEASE THE SHUFFLED ARRAY
    unset($b);
}

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Hi Ray, thanks for that PHP example. I will be using PHP so that will be useful.
I'm not really familiar with the concept of APIs and web services. Even if I had a small number (approx 100) of random images of items I will be happy with that.
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by:Ray Paseur
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OK, I don't know where APIs and web services fit into this equation.  But I am sure that Amazon has millions of images.  The key to success may be whether you have permission to use Amazon's images.
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