Today Amazon released the AWS SDK for Java allowing developers to tap into the various AWS infrastructure services such Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon SimpleDB, and more. Fully integrated with the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, the SDK hides much of the lower-level plumbing, including authentication, request retries, and error handling making it much easier build applications on top of Amazon's cloud platform.

The new SDK includes:

  • AWS Java Library - a single jar with all of the APIs to make coding against the web services interface much easier.
  • Code Samples - dozens of code examples to get you up and running quickly
  • Documentation - Javadocs and reference libraries for the AWS SDK
  • Eclipse Support - Use the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse to create a new project with the SDK or add it to an existing project.

As usual, Amazon have really good documentation to get you started. Check out the AWS SDK for Java site or watch the video on getting the SDK installed and up and running on Eclipse.