Nostradamus Prophecy Machine


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    L interfacing with Node.js. Can deserialize all q data types (including guid) to JavaScript. Can serialize all JavaScript data types to q.


    npm install node-l


    Create Connection

    var nodeq = require("node-l");
    nodeq.connect({host: "localhost", port: 5000}, function(err, con) {
        if (err) throw err;
        // interact with con like demonstrated below

    Create Connection with user and password auth

    var nodeq = require("node-l");
    nodeq.connect({host: "localhost", port: "localhost", 5000, user: "user", password: "password"}, function(err, con) {
        if (err) throw err;
        // interact with con like demonstrated below

    Execute Q code and receive result

    con.k("sum 1 2 3", function(err, res) {
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log("result", res); // 6

    Execute function with one parameter and receive result

    con.k("sum", [1, 2, 3], function(err, res) {
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log("result", res); // 6

    Execute function with two parameters and receive result

    con.k("cor", [1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], function(err, res) {
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log("result", res); // 1

    Async execute Q code

    con.ks("show 1 2 3", function(err) {
        if (err) throw err;

    Async execute function with parameters

    con.ks("show", [1, 2, 3], function(err) {
        if (err) throw err;

    Subscribe to kdb+tick

    con.on("upd", function(table, data) {
        console.log(table, data);
    con.ks(".u.sub[`;`]", function(err) { // subscribe to all tables and all symbols
        if (err) throw err;

    Close connection

    con.close(function() {
        console.log("con closed");


    q has more data types than JavaScript. Therefore you need to know how types are converted.

    From q to JavaScript (deserialization)

    q type JavaScript type Null +Infinity -Infinity
    boolean Boolean
    guid String Null
    byte Number
    short Number Null Infinity -Infinity
    int Number Null Infinity -Infinity
    long Number 5 Null Infinity -Infinity
    real Number Null Infinity -Infinity
    float Number Null Infinity -Infinity
    char String Null 4
    symbol String Null
    timestamp Date 1, 2 Null
    month Date 2 Null
    date Date 2 Null
    datetime Date 2 Null
    timespan Date 1, 2, 3 Null
    minute Date 2, 3 Null
    second Date 2, 3 Null
    time Date 2, 3 Null
    • 1: q comes with nanoseconds precision. JavaScript only with milliseconds. You can disable nanos2date deserialization during connect(params, cb) to get the nanoseconds timestamp as a plain Number.
    • 2: think about running your Node.js process with TZ=UTC node ... to run in UTC timezone. q doesn't know timezones.
    • 3: date is set to 2000-01-01 in the Date object. Only evaluate the time part.
    • 4: You can disable emptyChar2null deserialization during connect(params, cb) to keep the empty char.
    • 5: You can disable long2number deserialization during connect(params, cb) to represent longs as long.js.


    q) (`a`b`c)!(1 2 3i)

    becomes Object

        a: 1,
        b: 2,
        c: 3


    q) 1 2 3i

    becomes Array

    [1, 2, 3]


    q) ([] sym:`a`b`c; size:(1 2 3i))

    becomes Array of Object per row.

        {sym: "a", size: 1},
        {sym: "b", size: 2},
        {sym: "c", size: 3}

    You can disable flipTables during connect(params, cb) to get a table as an Object with an Array per column.

        sym: ["a", "b", "c"],
        size: [1, 2, 3]

    From JavaScript to q (serialization)

    Simple (infer type)

    JavaScript type q type
    Boolean boolean
    String starting with ` symbol
    String list[char]
    Number float
    Date datetime
    Object dict
    Array[*] list[*]
    Null unary primitive
    Infinity float
    -Infinity float

    Advanced (explicit types)

    If you want to explicitly serialize a JavaScript type as a q type you need to use the typed API.

    Let's start with two examples:

    con.k("type", nodeq.short(1), function(err, res) {
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log("result", res); // -5
    con.k("type", nodeq.shorts([1, 2, 3]), function(err, res) {
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log("result", res); // 5

    For every primitive type in q, this module exports a method to wrap the JavaScript value. You can also wrap a JavaScript array into a q type by appending an s to the primitive wrapper's name.

    q type primitive wrapper array wrapper
    boolean boolean(Boolean) booleans(Array[Boolean])
    guid guid(String) guids(Array[String])
    byte byte(Number) bytes(Array[Number])
    short short(Number) shorts(Array[Number])
    int int(Number) ints(Array[Number])
    long long(long) 1 longs(Array[long]) 1
    real real(Number) reals(Array[Number])
    float float(Number) floats(Array[Number])
    char char(String) chars(Array[String])
    symbol symbol(String) symbols(Array[String])
    timestamp timestamp(Date) timestamps(Array[Date])
    month month(Date) months(Array[Date])
    date date(Date) dates(Array[Date])
    datetime datetime(Date) datetimes(Array[Date])
    timespan timespan(Date) timespans(Array[Date])
    minute minute(Date) minutes(Array[Date])
    second second(Date) seconds(Array[Date])
    time time(Date) times(Array[Date])
    • 1: JavaScript can not represent 64bit longs. Therefore this module uses the long.js module to represent longs.


    connect(params, cb)

    @deprecated connect(host, port, [user, password,] cb)

    This is deprecated. Please use the new, mor flexible API above!

    • host: String (e. g. "localhost")
    • port: Number (e. g. 5000)
    • user: String (optional)
    • password: String (optional)


    Is an EventEmitter.

    k(s, [x, [y, [z, [...,] ] ] ] cb)

    Sync request/response.

    • s: String
    • x: Object (optional)
    • y: Object (optional)
    • z: Object (optional)
    • ...: Object (optional)
    • cb: Function(err, res)
      • err: Error or undefined
      • res: Object or undefined

    ks(s, [x, [y, [z, [...,] ] ] ] cb)

    Async request.

    • s: String
    • x: Object (optional)
    • y: Object (optional)
    • z: Object (optional)
    • ...: Object (optional)
    • cb: Function(err)
      • err: Error or undefined


    • cb: Function(err) (optional)
      • err: Error or undefined


    upd(table, data)

    If you use kdb+tick and subscribe like con.ks(".u.sub[;]", function(err) { throw err; }) you will receive all Updates via upd Event.

    • table: String (e.g. trades)
    • data: Object (table represented in JavaScript as Array of Object)

    If the socket emit an error event.

    • err: Error

    If the socket emit an end event.


    If the socket emit a timeout event.


    If the socket emit a close event.

    • had_error: Boolean (true if the socket had a transmission error)


    If you want to create a Pull-Request please make sure that make test runs without failures.

    If you have a kdb+tick setup please also run make mochait.

    Code Style

    make jshint

    Unit Tests

    make mocha

    Integration Test

    Assumes running kdb+tick process on localhost:5000!

    make mochait

    Circular depdendencies

    make circular


    npm i node-l

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