An easy way to create large dataset when playing/demonstrating Couchbase -or any other NoSQL engine- is to inject Twitter feed into your database.
For this small application I am using:
- Couchbase Server 2.0 Server
- Couchbase Java SDK (will be installed by Maven)
- Twitter4J (will be installed by Maven)
- Twitter Streaming API called using Twitter4J
In this example I am using Java to inject Tweets into Couchbase, you can obviously use another langage if you want to.
The sources of this project are available on my Github repository Twitter Injector for Couchbase you can also download the Binary version here, and execute the application from the command line, see Run The Application paragraph. Do not forget to create your Twitter oAuth keys (see next paragraph)
Create oAuth Keys
The first thing to do to be able to use the Twitter API is to create a set of keys. If you want to learn more about all these keys/tokens take a look to the oAuth protocol : http://oauth.net/
1- Log in into the Twitter Development Portal : https://dev.twitter.com/
2- Create a new Application
Click on the “Create an App” link or go into the “User Menu > My Applications > Create a new application”
3- Enter the Application Details information
4- Click “Create Your Twitter Application” button
Your application’s OAuth settings are now available :
5- Go down on the Application Settings page and click on the “Create My Access Token” button
You have now all the necessary information to create your application:
- Consumer key
- Consumer secret
- Access token
- Access token secret
These keys will be uses in the
twitter4j.properties file when running the Java application from the command line
Create the Java Application
The following code is the main code of the application:
Some basic explanation:
setUp()method simply reads the
twitter4j.propertiesfile from the classpath to build the Couchbase connection string.
injectTweetsopens the Couchbase connection -line 76- and calls the TwitterStream API.
- A Listener is created and will receive all the
onStatus(Status status)from Twitter. The most important method is onStatus() that receive the message and save it into Couchbase.
- One interesting thing : since Couchbase is a JSON Document database it allows your to just take the JSON String and save it directly.
To be able to execute the application directly from the Jar file, I am using the assembly plugin with the following informations from the pom.xml:
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- The mainClass entry allows you to set which class to execute when running java -jar command.
- The Class-Path entry allows you to set the current directory as part of the classpath where the program will search for the twitter4j.properties file.
- The assembly file is also configure to include all the dependencies (Twitter4J, Couchbase client SDK, …)
If you do want to build it from the sources, simply run :
This will create the following Jar file ./target/CouchbaseTwitterInjector.jar
Run the Java Application
Before running the application you must create a twitter4j.properties file with the following information :
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Save the properties file and from the same location run:
This will inject Tweets into your Couchbase Server. Enjoy !