amazon_functions for PHP (Version 0.9)
Making the work with™ Web Services Version 1.0 much easier


Performs a search for an artist and returns the matching products in an array with the parsed XML-result

amazon_search_artist(var name, int mode [, int type [, int page [, int format]]])

With this function you can query amazon™ for music by an artist defined by name. Firstname and lastname can be separated by space. The mode defines the mode the search results should have (valid are "music" and "classical"). Setting the type is optional: It gives you the possibility to determine the volume of the reply. LIGHT(default) returns less product-information than HEAVY.
A search you perform with this function returns up to 10 products. If you want to get more products, you can define that the result is not page #1(default), but f.e. page "2". So you don't receive the first 10 products, but products 11-20 - "3" would return the products 21-30...
If you are able to create XSL pages, you can set the URL of such a page as format (f.e. "") and the result of this function won't be an array, but the XSL with the data the search returned.

Example 1. Get products 1-10 from artist "Britney Spears":

$Reply=amazon_search_artist("Britney Spears","music");

Example 2. Get products 11-20 from artist "Britney Spears" in the heavy version (more data):

$Reply=amazon_search_artist("Britney Spears","music","HEAVY","2");

If you want to know how to work with the array the search returnes, please have a look at Work with the search reply.

© by, Daniel Filzhut 2002