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tstream

Twitter streaming API client

  • API compliant with ntwitter

ntwitter is a great Twitter client, does a whole log of things, but hasn't seen updates in nearly a year and their streaming API implementation is very limited.

tstream goes a step further and let's you listen to a lot more events

Almost all the message types listed here are fired as events

https://dev.twitter.com/docs/streaming-apis/messages#Stall_warnings_warning

eg. disconnect

Twitter will pass this message in the HTTP stream

{
  "disconnect":{
    "code": 4,
    "stream_name":"< A stream identifier >",
    "reason":"< Human readable status message >"
  }
}

You can listen to it in your code as follows stream.on("disconnect", function(data){});

data will contain what Twitter sent as the "disconnect" object

Stall warnings is another useful one, listen to a "warning" event

If you are dealing with user streams, listen to a "user-event" to be notified about all the events listed here https://dev.twitter.com/docs/streaming-apis/messages#Events_event

Usage

var TStream = require('tstream'),
    config = require('./config.js');

var tstream = new TStream(config.twitter);
tstream.stream('statuses/filter', {'track': ['what']}, function(stream) {
    stream.on('data', function(tweet) {
        console.log(tweet.text);
    });
    stream.on('error', function(error) {
        console.log('stream error - ' + error.message);
    });
    // will be fired when the Twitter streams sends a stall_warning
    // https://dev.twitter.com/docs/streaming-apis/messages#Stall_warnings_warning
    stream.on('warning', function (data) {
        console.log('Twitter stream warning - ' + data);
    });

    // will be fired when the stream is being disconneced by Twitter
    // https://dev.twitter.com/docs/streaming-apis/messages#Disconnect_messages_disconnect
    stream.on('disconnect', function (data) {
        console.log('Twitter stream disconnected - ' + data);
    });
    stream.on('end', function() {
        console.log('stream ended');
    });
});

Pass an object that contains "consumer_key", "consumer_secret", "access_token_key", "access_token_secret" to the TStream constructor. The example code above assumes there is a file in the same directory, called config.js that exports a config object that has a twitter key which again is an object that contains the credentials (access_token etc)

  • TODO: write better docs
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