Hello.js, ineed

2014-09-18 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young


Andrew Dodson sent in hello.js (GitHub: MrSwitch / hello.js, License: MIT, npm: hellojs), a client-side API wrapper for OAuth2-based REST APIs. It presents a unified API that normalizes paths and responses for Google Data Services, Facebook Graph and Windows Live Connect.

One of the advantages of hello.js is it's modular. There are hello.js modules for Dropbox, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, and Yahoo.

The module API allows you to define things like jsonp functions, so it should be flexible enough to handle a lot of modern services.

HelloJS has been on Hacker News, with a discussion on security, and endorsements from users:

HelloJS is great. I've used it in my last project. It just works. It's well tested, and well documented. There's very little option twiddling required. It just worked seamlessly when I was trying to setup Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and Facebook OAuth logins.


Ivan Nikulin wrote in to say parse5 has a new SAX-style HTML parser which powers the ineed project:

ineed allows you collect useful data from web pages using simple and nice API. Let's collect images, hyperlinks, scripts and stylesheets from www.google.com:

var ineed = require('ineed');

  function (err, response, result) {

Internally, ineed uses streams of HTML tokens so it doesn't have to spend time building and traversing a DOM tree. It seems like an ideal way to handle lots of otherwise awkward scraping tasks.