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Watson Developer Cloud Node.js SDK

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Node.js client library to use the Watson Developer Cloud services, a collection of APIs that use cognitive computing to solve complex problems.

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Major Changes for v2

BREAKING: user-supplied credentials are now preferred over Bluemix-supplied credentials.

See Usage section for details.

This change also removes the use_vcap_services flag.

Client-side usage is partially supported

See Client-side usage section for details.

New recommended method for instantiating services:

var ToneAnalyzerV3 = require('watson-developer-cloud/tone-analyzer/v3');

var toneAnalyzer = new ToneAnalyzerV3({/*...*/});

This was primarily done to enable smaller bundles for client-side usage, but also gives a small performance boost for server-side usage by only loading the portion of the library that is actually needed.

The following methods will also work, but cause the entire library to be loaded:

// Alternate methods of using the library.
// Not recommended, especially for client-side JS.
var watson = require('watson-developer-cloud');

var toneAnalyzer = new watson.ToneAnalyzerV3({/*...*/});

var tone_analyzer = watson.tone_analyzer({version: 'v3', /*...*/});

Installation

$ npm install watson-developer-cloud --save

Usage

The examples below assume that you already have service credentials. If not, you will have to create a service in Bluemix.

If you are running your application in Bluemix, you don't need to specify the credentials; the library will get them for you by looking at the VCAP_SERVICES environment variable.

Credentials are checked for in the following order:

  1. Hard-coded or programatic credentials passed to the service constructor

  2. SERVICE_NAME_USERNAME and SERVICE_NAME_PASSWORD environment properties (or SERVICE_NAME_API_KEY when appropriate) and, optionally, SERVICE_NAME_URL

  3. Bluemix-supplied credentials (via the VCAP_SERVICES JSON-encoded environment property)

Client-side usage

See the examples/ folder for Browserify and Webpack client-side SDK examples (with server-side generation of auth tokens.)

Note: not all services currently support CORS, and therefore not all services can be used client-side. Of those that do, most require an auth token to be generated server-side via the Authorization Service.

Data collection opt-out

By default, all requests are logged. This can be disabled of by setting the X-Watson-Learning-Opt-Out header when creating the service instance:

var myInstance = new watson.WhateverServiceV1({
  /* username, password, version, etc... */
  headers: {
    "X-Watson-Learning-Opt-Out": true
  }
});

Getting the Service Credentials

You will need the username and password (api_key for AlchemyAPI) credentials for each service. Service credentials are different from your Bluemix account username and password.

To get your service credentials, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Bluemix at https://bluemix.net.

  2. Create an instance of the service:

    1. In the Bluemix Catalog, select the service you want to use.
    2. Under Add Service, type a unique name for the service instance in the Service name field. For example, type my-service-name. Leave the default values for the other options.
    3. Click Create.
  3. Copy your credentials:

    1. On the left side of the page, click Service Credentials to view your service credentials.
    2. Copy username and password (api_key for AlchemyAPI).

Questions

If you are having difficulties using the APIs or have a question about the IBM Watson Services, please ask a question on dW Answers or Stack Overflow.

Examples

The examples folder has basic and advanced examples.

IBM Watson Services

The Watson Developer Cloud offers a variety of services for building cognitive apps.

AlchemyLanguage

AlchemyLanguage offers 12 API functions as part of its text analysis service, each of which uses sophisticated natural language processing techniques to analyze your content and add high-level semantic information.

Use the Sentiment Analysis endpoint to identify positive/negative sentiment within a sample text document.

var AlchemyLanguageV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/alchemy-language/v1');

var alchemy_language = new AlchemyLanguageV1({
  api_key: 'API_KEY'
});

var params = {
  text: 'IBM Watson won the Jeopardy television show hosted by Alex Trebek'
};

alchemy_language.sentiment(params, function (err, response) {
  if (err)
    console.log('error:', err);
  else
    console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
});

AlchemyVision

The AlchemyVision service has been replaced by the Visual Recognition service. Existing users have until May 20, 2017 to migrate to the new service, and no new instances may be created.

AlchemyData News

Alchemy Data News indexes 250k to 300k English language news and blog articles every day with historical search available for the past 60 days. Example: Get the volume data from the last 7 days using 12hs of time slice.

var AlchemyDataNewsV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/alchemy-data-news/v1');

var alchemy_data_news = new AlchemyDataNewsV1({
  api_key: '<api_key>'
});

var params = {
  start: 'now-1d',
  end: 'now'
};

alchemy_data_news.getNews(params, function (err, news) {
  if (err)
    console.log('error:', err);
  else
    console.log(JSON.stringify(news, null, 2));
});

Authorization

The Authorization service can generate auth tokens for situations where providing the service username/password is undesirable.

Tokens are valid for 1 hour and may be sent using the X-Watson-Authorization-Token header or the watson-token query param.

Note that the token is supplied URL-encoded, and will not be accepted if it is double-encoded in a querystring.

var watson = require('watson-developer-cloud');

var authorization = new watson.AuthorizationV1({
  username: '<Text to Speech username>',
  password: '<Text to Speech password>',
  url: watson.TextToSpeechV1.URL
});

authorization.getToken(function (err, token) {
  if (!token) {
    console.log('error:', err);
  } else {
    // Use your token here
  }
});

Concept Insights

The Concept Insights has been deprecated, AlchemyLanguage's concept function can be used as a replacement for most Concept Insights use cases; therefore, we encourage existing Concept Insights service users to migrate to AlchemyLanguage.

Conversation

Use the Conversation service to determine the intent of a message.

Note: you must first create a workspace via Bluemix. See the documentation for details.

var ConversationV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/conversation/v1');

var conversation = new ConversationV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  version_date: ConversationV1.VERSION_DATE_2017_04_21
});

conversation.message({
  input: { text: 'What\'s the weather?' },
  workspace_id: '<workspace id>'
 }, function(err, response) {
     if (err) {
       console.error(err);
     } else {
       console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
     }
});

Dialog

The Dialog service was deprecated on August 15, 2016, existing instances of the service will continue to function until August 9, 2017. Users of the Dialog service should migrate their applications to use the Conversation service. See the migration documentation to learn how to migrate your dialogs to the Conversation service.

Discovery

Use the Discovery Service to search and analyze structured and unstructured data.

var DiscoveryV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/discovery/v1');

var discovery = new DiscoveryV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  version_date: DiscoveryV1.VERSION_DATE_2017_04_27
});

discovery.query({
    environment_id: '<environment_id>',
    collection_id: '<collection_id>',
    query: 'my_query'
  }, function(err, response) {
        if (err) {
          console.error(err);
        } else {
          console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
        }
   });

Document Conversion

var DocumentConversionV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/document-conversion/v1');
var fs = require('fs');

var document_conversion = new DocumentConversionV1({
  username:     '<username>',
  password:     '<password>',
  version_date: '2015-12-01'
});

// convert a single document
document_conversion.convert({
  // (JSON) ANSWER_UNITS, NORMALIZED_HTML, or NORMALIZED_TEXT
  file: fs.createReadStream('sample-docx.docx'),
  conversion_target: document_conversion.conversion_target.ANSWER_UNITS,
  // Add custom configuration properties or omit for defaults
  word: {
    heading: {
      fonts: [
        { level: 1, min_size: 24 },
        { level: 2, min_size: 16, max_size: 24 }
      ]
    }
  }
}, function (err, response) {
  if (err) {
    console.error(err);
  } else {
    console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
  }
});

See the Document Conversion integration example about how to integrate the Document Conversion service with the Retrieve and Rank service.

Language Translation

The IBM Watson™ Language Translation service has been rebranded as the Language Translator service. The Language Translator service provides the same capabilities as the Language Translation service, but with simpler pricing. For information about migrating existing applications from the Language Translation service to the Language Translator service, see the Migration documentation

var LanguageTranslationV2 = require('watson-developer-cloud/language-translation/v2');

var language_translation = new LanguageTranslationV2({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>'
});

Language Translator

Translate text from one language to another or idenfity a language using the Language Translator service.

Note: There is a deprecated Language Translation service and a newer Language Translator service. The only difference is the pricing structure and the service endpoint. The SDK currently defaults to the older endpoint for both LanguageTranslationV2 and LanguageTranslatorV2, but LanguageTranslatorV2's default endpoint will change in the next major release (3.0.0). To guarantee compatibility, include the url when creating a LanguageTranslatorV2 instance. See http://www.ibm.com/watson/developercloud/doc/language-translator/migrating.shtml for more details.

var LanguageTranslatorV2 = require('watson-developer-cloud/language-translator/v2');

var language_translator = new LanguageTranslatorV2({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  url: 'https://gateway.watsonplatform.net/language-translator/api/'
});

language_translator.translate({
  text: 'A sentence must have a verb', source : 'en', target: 'es' },
  function (err, translation) {
    if (err)
      console.log('error:', err);
    else
      console.log(JSON.stringify(translation, null, 2));
});

language_translator.identify({
  text: 'The language translator service takes text input and identifies the language used.' },
  function (err, language) {
    if (err)
      console.log('error:', err);
    else
      console.log(JSON.stringify(language, null, 2));
});

Natural Language Classifier

Use Natural Language Classifier service to create a classifier instance by providing a set of representative strings and a set of one or more correct classes for each as training. Then use the trained classifier to classify your new question for best matching answers or to retrieve next actions for your application.

var NaturalLanguageClassifierV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/natural-language-classifier/v1');

var natural_language_classifier = new NaturalLanguageClassifierV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>'
});

natural_language_classifier.classify({
  text: 'Is it sunny?',
  classifier_id: '<classifier-id>' },
  function(err, response) {
    if (err)
      console.log('error:', err);
    else
      console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
});

See this example to learn how to create a classifier.

Natural Language Understanding

Use Natural Language Understanding is a collection of natural language processing APIs that help you understand sentiment, keywords, entities, high-level concepts and more.

var fs = require('fs');
var NaturalLanguageUnderstandingV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/natural-language-understanding/v1.js');

var nlu = new NaturalLanguageUnderstandingV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  version_date: NaturalLanguageUnderstandingV1.VERSION_DATE_2017_02_27
});

nlu.analyze({
  'html': file_data, // Buffer or String
  'features': {
    'concepts': {},
    'keywords': {},
  }
}, function(err, response) {
     if (err)
       console.log('error:', err);
     else
       console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
 });

Personality Insights

Analyze text in English and get a personality profile by using the Personality Insights service.

var PersonalityInsightsV3 = require('watson-developer-cloud/personality-insights/v3');

var personality_insights = new PersonalityInsightsV3({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  version_date: '2016-10-19'
});

personality_insights.profile({
  text: 'Enter more than 100 unique words here...',
  consumption_preferences: true
  },
  function (err, response) {
    if (err)
      console.log('error:', err);
    else
      console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2));
});

Note: Don't forget to update the text variable!

Relationship Extraction

Relationship Extraction has been deprecated. If you want to continue using Relationship Extraction models, you can now access them with AlchemyLanguage. See the migration guide for details.

Retrieve and Rank

Use the Retrieve and Rank service to enhance search results with machine learning.

var RetrieveAndRankV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/retrieve-and-rank/v1');

var retrieve = new RetrieveAndRankV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
});

var solrClient = retrieve.createSolrClient({
  cluster_id: 'INSERT YOUR CLUSTER ID HERE',
  collection_name: 'example_collection'
});

// add a document
var doc = { id : 1234, title_t : 'Hello', text_field_s: 'some text' };
solrClient.add(doc, function(err) {
  if(err) {
    console.log('Error indexing document: ' + err);
  } else {
    console.log('Indexed a document.');
    solrClient.commit(function(err) {
      if(err) {
        console.log('Error committing change: ' + err);
      } else {
        console.log('Successfully commited changes.');
      }
    });
  }
});

// search all documents
var query = solrClient.createQuery();
query.q({ '*' : '*' });
solrClient.search(query, function(err, searchResponse) {
  if(err) {
    console.log('Error searching for documents: ' + err);
  } else {
    console.log('Found ' + searchResponse.response.numFound + ' document(s).');
    console.log('First document: ' + JSON.stringify(searchResponse.response.docs[0], null, 2));
  }
});

Speech to Text

Use the Speech to Text service to recognize the text from a .wav file.

var SpeechToTextV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/speech-to-text/v1');
var fs = require('fs');

var speech_to_text = new SpeechToTextV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>'
});

var params = {
  // From file
  audio: fs.createReadStream('./resources/speech.wav'),
  content_type: 'audio/l16; rate=44100'
};

speech_to_text.recognize(params, function(err, res) {
  if (err)
    console.log(err);
  else
    console.log(JSON.stringify(res, null, 2));
});

// or streaming
fs.createReadStream('./resources/speech.wav')
  .pipe(speech_to_text.createRecognizeStream({ content_type: 'audio/l16; rate=44100' }))
  .pipe(fs.createWriteStream('./transcription.txt'));

Text to Speech

Use the Text to Speech service to synthesize text into a .wav file.

var TextToSpeechV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/text-to-speech/v1');
var fs = require('fs');

var text_to_speech = new TextToSpeechV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>'
});

var params = {
  text: 'Hello from IBM Watson',
  voice: 'en-US_AllisonVoice', // Optional voice
  accept: 'audio/wav'
};

// Pipe the synthesized text to a file
text_to_speech.synthesize(params).pipe(fs.createWriteStream('output.wav'));

Tone Analyzer

Use the Tone Analyzer service to analyze the emotion, writing and social tones of a text.

var ToneAnalyzerV3 = require('watson-developer-cloud/tone-analyzer/v3');

var tone_analyzer = new ToneAnalyzerV3({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>',
  version_date: '2016-05-19'
});

tone_analyzer.tone({ text: 'Greetings from Watson Developer Cloud!' },
  function(err, tone) {
    if (err)
      console.log(err);
    else
      console.log(JSON.stringify(tone, null, 2));
});

Tradeoff Analytics

Use the Tradeoff Analytics service to find the best phone that minimizes price and weight and maximizes screen size.

var TradeoffAnalyticsV1 = require('watson-developer-cloud/tradeoff-analytics/v1');

var tradeoff_analytics = new TradeoffAnalyticsV1({
  username: '<username>',
  password: '<password>'
});

// From file
var params = require('./resources/problem.json');

tradeoff_analytics.dilemmas(params, function(err, res) {
  if (err)
    console.log(err);
  else
    console.log(JSON.stringify(res, null, 2));
});

Visual Insights

The Watson Visual Insights Service will be withdrawn. The Watson Visual Insights Service tile will be removed from the Bluemix catalog on July 3, 2016, after which you cannot provision new instances of this service.

Visual Recognition

Use the Visual Recognition service to recognize the following picture.

var VisualRecognitionV3 = require('watson-developer-cloud/visual-recognition/v3');
var fs = require('fs');

var visual_recognition = new VisualRecognitionV3({
  api_key: '<api_key>',
  version_date: VisualRecognitionV3.VERSION_DATE_2016_05_20
});

var params = {
  images_file: fs.createReadStream('./resources/car.png')
};

visual_recognition.classify(params, function(err, res) {
  if (err)
    console.log(err);
  else
    console.log(JSON.stringify(res, null, 2));
});

Composing Services

Integration of Tone Analyzer with Conversation

Sample code for integrating Tone Analyzer and Conversation is provided in the examples directory.

Integration Document Conversation with Retrieve and Rank

See the Document Conversion integration example about how to integrate the Document Conversion service with the Retrieve and Rank service.

Unauthenticated requests

By default, the library tries to use Basic Auth and will ask for api_key or username and password and send an Authorization: Basic XXXXXXX. You can avoid this by using:

use_unauthenticated.

var watson = require('watson-developer-cloud');

var dialog = new watson.DialogV1({
  use_unauthenticated: true
});

Debug

This library relies on the request npm module writted by request to call the Watson Services. To debug the apps, add 'request' to the NODE_DEBUG environment variable:

$ NODE_DEBUG='request' node app.js

where app.js is your Node.js file.

Tests

Running all the tests:

$ npm test

Running a specific test:

$ mocha -g '<test name>'

Open Source @ IBM

Find more open source projects on the IBM Github Page.

License

This library is licensed under Apache 2.0. Full license text is available in COPYING.

Contributing

See CONTRIBUTING.