Alchemy iconWhen the news broke that AlchemyAPI was going to be acquired by IBM Watson, the team was not sure what to expect. How would this change our productivity? Would our engineers get to innovate and experiment with new technology? What would this mean for our developers? With the support of IBM Watson, AlchemyAPI has undergone some valuable transformations.

Most notable, perhaps, is the expanded functionality of our services and the apps that use them when combined with Watson APIs. Now to help developers build applications that leverage Alchemy and an extensive suite of cognitive services, AlchemyAPI services are now provisioned through Bluemix.

Bluemix, IBM’s platform as a service, gives developers the tools they need to host and manage their smart applications. For the first time, you can now upgrade your AlchemyAPI account from the free plan without having to go through a sales representative. To get started, developers simply need to sign up for Bluemix, access their dashboard, and receive their credentials to then add a service instance of Alchemy and build their application.

Once on Bluemix, AlchemyAPI developers are excited to have access to additional services, including:

  • IBM Insights for Twitter
    • Analyze the Twitter deca-hose with advanced enrichments such as Sentiment and Author Location
  • Node-RED Starter
    • Node-RED uses a graphical interface to connect services and devices. Create Node.js apps without worrying about the code!
  • Personality Insights
    • Watson Personality Insights uses text to gain insight into the author’s personality. Extracted personality characteristics include The Big Five (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Emotional Range), Values, and Needs.

IBM is placing the power of Watson in the hands of developers and an ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts and students with a growing platform of Watson services (APIs) to create an entirely new class of apps and businesses that make cognitive computing systems the new computing standard.

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