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nuddles

Nuddles

Nuddles is a Node.js wrapper for the foursquare API. It will enable you to effortlessly query their multiple endpoints. We make no assumptions about how you are going to use it, we just return the data to you. You are free do manipulate the results as you wish.

Requirements

Before you can start using Nuddles, please make sure you have your access tokens ready. If you don't know how to aquire them, you can simply head over to the foursquare developers site, click "create new app" and follow the instructions. Foursquare will provide you with a clientId and a clientSecret token that you will need to query the API.

Installation

$ npm install nuddles --save

Depending on your setup, you may need sudo privileges

Usage

Userless Access

To use Nuddles in your project, you first need to import it and instantiate a new Client object.

const nuddles       = require('nuddles')
const client        = new nuddles.Client({
        clientId: "your client id",
        clientSecret: "your client secret"
})

Every new Client object must be instantiated with both your clientId and clientSecret, you can also specify an optional api version if you wish to (it currently defaults to 20161026)

const client = new Nuddles({
    clientId: "your client id",
    clientSecret: "your client secret",
    apiVersion: "YYYYMMDD"
})

Authenticated requests

The setup above is perfectly fine for making requests to Foursquare's publicly accessible endpoints. However if you need to access protected endpoints that require acting users, you must first authenticate them using the OAuth2 flow.

Step 1: Instantiate a new nuddles.Client object

const client = new Nuddles({
    clientId: "your client id",
    clientSecret: "your client secret",
    apiVersion: "YYYYMMDD", // optional 
    redirectUri: "your redirect uri"
})
 

Notice that we pass a redirectUri attribute to the config. It must match the redirect uri you set when creating the app on the foursquare developer's site.

Step 2: Create an authorization link / button for your users

const authorizationUrl = client.auth_url
// Render this url as a link / button in your front end app 

Step 3: Request an access token

Once your users click on the link and give your app authorization to use their account on their behalf, they will be redirected to your redirectUri.

An authorization code will be passed along as a query parameter. You will need to capture that code and store it in a variable.

 
// Example using express 
let authorizationCode
 
app.get('/redirectUri', (req, res) => {
   authorizationCode = req.query.code
})
 

Once you have that code you can request an access token to Foursquare

 
client.requestAccessToken(authorizationCode)
    .then( data => console.log(data.accessToken) ) // Make note of this token 
    .catch( error => console.error(error) ) // Handle the error 
 

Step 4: Set your access token

client.accessToken = "yourSavedAccessToken"
 

Ideally you'd want to store your credentials in a separate config file ignored by version control or in environment variables

Set your acccess token directly

Alternatively, if you already have an access token, you can just skip step 1 to 4 and directly instantiate a client with your accessToken.

const client = nuddles.Client({
    accessToken: "your access token"
})

Nuddles also exposes seven other classes: User, Venue, Checkin, Tip, Photo, Settings and List.

All of the above classes accept an optional id upon instantiation (ex: the Id of a venue when creating a new Venue)

Venue

 
const client = new nuddles.Client({clientId: "your client id", clientSecret:"your client secret"})
 
// Venue 
const venue = new nuddles.Venue(client, "someVenueId")
 
// List 
const list = new nuddles.List(client, "someListId")
 

Examples

Please note that all methods return promises, which means you will have to call .then() to manipulate the response

All methods that accept a params argument should be passed an object with a list of query parameters for your request, these parameters should match the ones listed in the official documentation.

Search Venues

client.searchVenues({ near: 'Paris, France', query: 'pizza' }) // Your other query params here 
    .then( (data) => {
        // Do something with the response 
    })

Get a Venue's Opening Hours

 
venue.getOpeningHours()
 

Get a List's Followers

list.getFollowers()

Full list of methods

All Venues

Docs

client.suggestCompletion(params)

Venue

Docs

venue.search()
venue.getCategories()
venue.getTrending()
venue.explore()
venue.getDetails()
venue.getPhotos()
venue.getEvents()
venue.getLikes()
venue.getNextVenues()
venue.getOpeningHours()
venue.getThirdPartyLinks()
venue.getMenu()
venue.getTips()
venue.getLists()

List

Docs

list.getFollowers()
list.getSaves()
list.getDetails()
list.add()
list.update()
list.share()
list.requestSuitableTips()
list.requestSuitablePhotos()
list.requestSuitableVenues()
list.addItem()
list.updateItem()
list.deleteItem()
list.moveItem()
list.getItemDetails()
list.follow()
list.unfollow()

Checkin

Docs

checkin.getDetails()
checkin.recent()
checkin.add()
checkin.like()
checkin.likes()
checkin.addPost()
checkin.addComment()
checkin.deleteComment()

Tips

Docs

tip.add()
tip.getLikes()
tip.getSaves()
tip.getLists()
tip.unmark()
tip.flag()
tip.like()

Photo

Docs

photo.getDetails()

Settings

Docs

settings.getDetails()
settings.all()
settings.set()

Event

Docs

Event.getDetails()
Event.getCategories()
Event.search()

Special

Docs

Special.getDetails()
Special.flag()
Special.search()

User

Docs

User.getDetails()
User.search()
User.getVenueHistory()
User.getPhotos()
User.getFriends()
User.getCheckins()
User.getVenueLikes()
User.getMayorships()
User.getLists()

Testing

In order to run the tests:

  • rename the credentials.example.js file to credentials.js
  • fill in your personal credentials
  • run npm test

Contributing

Nuddles is a work in progress and an open source project. If you spot something that can be improved, a missing endpoint or find a better way to achieve the same functionality, please feel free to add your contribution by way of a pull request.

License

Nuddles is licensed under the Do What The Fuck You Want license.

Todo

  • User.deny()
  • User.setPings()
  • User.updatePhoto()
  • User.unfriend()
  • User.approve()