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Twitter API client library for node.js

This is a fork of jdub's node-twitter library that adds one minor feature: notifying of a connection stall when connected to the streaming API. As recommended by Twitter's docs, we check every 90 seconds to see if we've received any data from the stream during that time. If so, things are good, but if nothing has been received from Twitter in over 90 seconds, a 'stall' event is emitted. You can use that to do with what you wish.

node-twitter aims to provide a complete, asynchronous client library for the Twitter API, including the REST, search and streaming endpoints. It was inspired by, and uses some code from, @technoweenie's twitter-node.

Requirements

You can install node-twitter and its dependencies with npm: npm install twitter.

Getting started

It's early days for node-twitter, so I'm going to assume a fair amount of knowledge for the moment. Better documentation to come as we head towards a stable release.

Setup API (stable)

var util = require('util'),
    twitter = require('twitter');
var twit = new twitter({
    consumer_key: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    consumer_secret: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    access_token_key: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    access_token_secret: 'STATE YOUR NAME'
});

Basic OAuth-enticated GET/POST API (stable)

The convenience APIs aren't finished, but you can get started with the basics:

twit.get('/statuses/show/27593302936.json', {include_entities:true}, function(data) {
    console.log(util.inspect(data));
});

REST API (unstable, may change)

Note that all functions may be chained:

twit
    .verifyCredentials(function(data) {
        console.log(util.inspect(data));
    })
    .updateStatus('Test tweet from node-twitter/' + twitter.VERSION,
        function(data) {
            console.log(util.inspect(data));
        }
    );

Search API (unstable, may change)

twit.search('nodejs OR #node', function(data) {
    console.log(util.inspect(data));
});

Streaming API (stable)

The stream() callback receives a Stream-like EventEmitter:

twit.stream('statuses/sample', function(stream) {
    stream.on('data', function(data) {
        console.log(util.inspect(data));
    });
});

node-twitter also supports user and site streams:

twit.stream('user', {track:'nodejs'}, function(stream) {
    stream.on('data', function(data) {
        console.log(util.inspect(data));
    });
    // Disconnect stream after five seconds
    setTimeout(stream.destroy, 5000);
});

Listening for connection stalls

While monitoring the twitter stream, you can listen for stall events.

stream.on('stall',function(elapsed){
    stream.destroy();
    console.log("Haven't heard anything from the stream in " + Math.round(elapsed/1000).toString() + " seconds");
    // Do something to handle this.
});

Contributors

TODO

  • Complete the convenience functions, preferably generated
  • Fix ALL THE THINGS! on the GitHub issues list
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