downloader - Downloader event notification
If you notice the download links for all the applications on this page go through a downloader web app. This application was built for the following purposes.
First, the application sends an email to notify that someone is downloading a specific application. Second, the application updates a database table with counts for each application so I can see which ones are more popular than others. Lastly, the actual files are stored in Amazon's S3 service and downloader returns the file from there without the user being aware of it. With this the actual storage of the files can be changed in the future without having to change the urls to download them.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is storage for the Internet provided by Amazon through their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing effort. Beacon Hill has used S3 for a number of projects and has found it to be a very useful and reliable storage mechanism.
Full details about S3 are available at http://aws.amazon.com/s3/
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