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    This package acts as an API client for my favorite generator of random names: uinames. It's perfect for prototyping stuff or examples of real names in production apps.


    Install the package using npm and save it to the dependency list:

    npm install --save names

    Now you have two choices to interact with the package. Since it's based on the concept of promises, you can either use async/await (it hasn't yet landed in node, so you'll have to transpile the code)...

    import names from 'names'
    try {
      const list = await names()
    } catch (err) {

    ...or the old way of doing it:

    const names = require('names')()
    names.then(function (list) {
    names.catch(function (err) {

    Both examples will result in a response that looks like the following:

      "name": "John",
      "surname": "Doe",
      "gender": "male",
      "region": "United States"


    Indipendent from which of the methods mentioned above you would like to use, you can always pass a configuration object to the module's main method:

      gender: 'female',
      amount: 10

    Here's the full list of all available options:

    Name Description Type
    amount Amount of names to return, between 1 and 500 Integer
    gender Limit results to the male or female gender String
    region Region-specific results String
    minLength Require a minimum number of characters in a name Integer
    maxLength Require a maximum number of characters in a name Integer


    1. Fork this repository to your own GitHub account and then clone it to your local device
    2. Link the package to the global module directory: npm link
    3. Transpile the source code and watch for changes: npm start
    4. Within the module you want to test your local development instance of names, just link it to the dependencies: npm link names. Instead of the default one from npm, node will now use your clone of names!


    npm i names

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