Pandorabots API module for Java
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pb-java

Version 1.0.0

Last revised December 29, 2014

Pandorabots API module for Java

This project contains some sample Java code to access the Pandorabots API. Use this project if:

  • You want to connect your Java or Android project to Pandorabots.
  • You have set up an account on developer.pandorabots.com and have an API key.

Usage

The simplest way to use the pb-java API is to add pb-java-X.X.X.jar into CLASSPATH. Most commonly, your Java project will simply connect to a pandorabot and talk to it. You can easily implement this with:

public static String botname = "MyBot";
MagicParameters.readParameters();
PandorabotsAPI papi = new PandorabotsAPI(MagicParameters.hostname, MagicParameters.app_id, MagicParameters.user_key);

and

String request = "Hello!  My name is Joe.";
String response = papi.talk(botname, request);

Dependencies

The pb-java API depends on the following JAR files. You may import this project with "Existing Maven Project" in Eclipse, or use Gradle, or simply download the JAR files and link them with your project.

  • commons-codec-1.6.jar
  • commons-logging-1.2.jar
  • commons-io-2.4.jar
  • fluent-hc-4.4-beta1.jar
  • httpclient-4.4-beta1.jar
  • httpcore-4.4-beta1.jar
  • json-20090211.jar

Classes

The pb-java project includes several classes.

Main

The Main class is provided as an example of how to use the Java Pandorabots API. You may wish to customize the code in PandorabotsAPI to suit your application needs. The code provided is intentended as an example only.

MagicParameters

The MagicParameters class encapsulates some global variables for your application:

  • static String version: the version number of the API.
  • static String hostname: the hostname of the Pandorabots host
  • static String app_id: your Applicato ID on the Pandorabots host
  • static String user_key: your Pandorabots API user key (available from developer.pandorabots.com)
  • static boolean debug: A variable that tells the API whether to display debugging information.

MagicParameters also contains a pair of methods to read the global configuration data:

  • static void readParameters()
  • static void readParameters(String configFileName)

The first method looks for a file called config.txt in the current working directory. Use the second method if you want to specify a different file.

The parameters file config.txt should contain one parameter per line, with the format

parametername:value

e.g.

user_key:f0123456789abcdef0123456789abcde
app_id:1234567890123
hostname:aiaas.pandorabots.com
debug:true

The user_key and app_id are provided at developer.pandorabots.com as "User Key" and "Application ID respectively.

PandorabotsAPI

The class PandorabotsAPI is the core of the code to access the Pandorabots API. Please refer Java DOC of Pandorabots API.