Amazon S3 + Dojo

By on July 3, 2008 12:03 am

Dojo‘s improved RPC and new REST services can be used with a wide array of web services. One particular use is Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3). Dojo can connect to Amazon S3’s with a trivial proxy and be used as a normal RPC service. Not only that, Amazon S3 is a REST service and therefore it can be used as a data store with Dojo’s new REST implementation of, JsonRestStore. You can read and write to your S3 database using the convenient Dojo Data API, and use the data store in Dojo widgets.


Getting Started

To get started with Dojo + S3:

  • First, you must be signed up to use Amazon S3.
  • Dojo uses a simple proxy to communicate with S3 (doing so directly from the browser would be insecure). The proxy PHP script, proxy.example-php, located in /dojox/rpc/s3/, must be renamed to proxy.php to be used.
  • The proxy requires PHP 5 (other languages hopefully will be added) and the following modules:
  • Next you must enter your Amazon access key and secret access key into the proxy.php file on line 3 and 4:
    $accessKey = "access key";
    $secretAccessKey = "secret access key";

Now we can start using Dojo services to connect to S3. You use the Dojo RPC service with the “PROXIED-PATH” envelope:

var s3Buckets = new dojox.rpc.Service({
	proxyUrl:"../s3/proxy.php", // the path to the proxy
		myBucket:{ // name of the service (usually the bucket)
			target:"myBucket", // enter you bucket here

To use the S3 as a Dojo data store you can use the S3Store module. First setup an RPC service as shown above and then pass the RPC service to the S3JsonRestStore:

// and create a store for it
s3Store = new{service:s3Buckets.myBucket});

You can then use the s3Store as a normal Read/Write Dojo Data store. And since the S3Store is an extension of the JsonRestStore, you can use all the additional features of that store including fast, compact syntax, referencing, and offline capabilities are coming soon. With the S3Store you can build sophisticated apps with very thin server architecture; UI logic can be handled on the browser, and database storage can be delegated to Amazon’s S3. This is just one of the many new features available with Dojo 1.2.