Positive Covid-19 News

Send Positive Covid news

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Max Katz

Maker

Maker
Mid level
4
hours to build

Use no-code and natural language processing together

What is it:

Positive Covid-19 News

Maker Insight:

See what the Maker wrote about making this app and tutorial here: https://maxkatz.org/2020/05/08/tutorial-building-a-no-code-application-to-text-positive-news-with-parabola-news-api-watson-nlu-and-twilio/

What did I learn:

1. No-code tool feature: News API - "provides an API to search world wide news. In our application we are going to search for COVID-19 news." Max details that you can get an API key for free when you make an account.

I had no idea about this possibility and thought this was interesting.

Max details in the documentation how he uses Parabola to extract data from the News API and the steps that he takes to sort this data into a useable format to perform an action.

2. No-code tool feature: Parabola - In this stack Max details how he used Parabola to do a lot, by fetching a the News API, then sorting it by flattening the data into a table, adding a row number to that data and then picking a row based on some logic. Parabola you can really do a lot.

There isn't a better review of exactly how you can do this than what Max wrote, I would just go here to learn about how Max did this: https://maxkatz.org/2020/05/08/tutorial-building-a-no-code-application-to-text-positive-news-with-parabola-news-api-watson-nlu-and-twilio/

Parabola is a very powerful tool. In this database there is a Maker named Matt Henderson who created SaaS Metrics, if you would like to see more applications built with Parabola.

For more on Parabola: Is a drag and drop workflow builder to build robust flows that simplify everyday tasks.

Parabola can be used for basic business functions. For example on their website if you have an ecommerce business, you can pull in shipments from Shopify, and fulfilled orders, then combine that dat into a table based on shipment ID, fund the sum of the time totals and create a daily shipments report delivered to your email.

Another great feature that Parabola has is something called "pre-built recipes". What this means is that there are ready-to-use workflows already built by experts so you can get started quickly.

I'd recommend this tool more for an intermediate or advanced visual developer. My observation is the Makers who are using Parabola are more advanced and not beginners. But this is not to discourage anyone! Anyone can pick this up and learn and apply it. It's all about giving you the right expectations so that if you are trying, you do not become discouraged and give up. My goal with this project is to give people the right perspective, right knowledge and the right away to apply it so they can feel success.

3. No-code tool feature: Parabola - Parabola can also work with Twilio to send automated text messages. There are several other messaging apps that send text messages highlighted in this database. Search for app category of "messaging app".

The steps Max outlines to do this are, text merge step to combine what the text. message is going to say, then to actually send a text message through Twilio.

4. No-code tool feature: IBM Watson - has Natural Language understanding as a service that you can use for any type of data that you have.

"IBM Watson NLU (Natural Language Understanding) service is used to determine if a news article has positive or negative sentiment. The application we are building should only send positive news."

Based on Max's documentation, the setup looks relatively easy. You have to set a few parameters in the IBM Dashboard but once you have that configured you can call the API from Parabola.

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