Cloud Natural Language API: Qwik Start
Google Cloud Natural Language API lets you extract information about people, places, events, (and more) mentioned in text documents, news articles, or blog posts. You can use it to understand sentiment about your product on social media, or parse intent from customer conversations happening in a call center or a messaging app. You can even upload text documents for analysis.
Cloud Natural Language API features
Syntax Analysis: Extract tokens and sentences, identify parts of speech (PoS) and create dependency parse trees for each sentence.
Entity Recognition: Identify entities and label by types such as person, organization, location, events, products and media.
Sentiment Analysis: Understand the overall sentiment expressed in a block of text.
Content Classification: Classify documents in predefined 700+ categories.
Multi-Language: Enables you to easily analyze text in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Italian, Korean and Portuguese.
Integrated REST API: Access via REST API. Text can be uploaded in the request or integrated with Google Cloud Storage.
In this lab you'll use the
analyze-entities method to ask the Cloud Natural Language API to extract "entities" (e.g. people, places, and events) from a snippet of text.
Setup and Requirements
Before you click the Start Lab button
Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Cloud resources will be made available to you.
This Qwiklabs hand-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access the Google Cloud Platform for the duration of the lab.
What you need
To complete this lab, you need:
- Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
- Time to complete the lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal GCP account or project, do not use it for this lab.
Google Cloud Platform Console
How to start your lab and sign in to the Console
Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left you will see a panel populated with the temporary credentials that you must use for this lab.
Copy the username, and then click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Choose an account page.
Tip: Open the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.
On the Choose an account page, click Use Another Account.
The Sign in page opens. Paste the username that you copied from the Connection Details panel. Then copy and paste the password.
Important: You must use the credentials from the Connection Details panel. Do not use your Qwiklabs credentials. If you have your own GCP account, do not use it for this lab (avoids incurring charges).
Click through the subsequent pages:
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
- Do not sign up for free trials.
After a few moments, the GCP console opens in this tab.
Activate Google Cloud Shell
Google Cloud Shell is a virtual machine that is loaded with development tools. It offers a persistent 5GB home directory and runs on the Google Cloud. Google Cloud Shell provides command-line access to your GCP resources.
In GCP console, on the top right toolbar, click the Open Cloud Shell button.
In the dialog box that opens, click START CLOUD SHELL:
It takes a few moments to provision and connect to the environment. When you are connected, you are already authenticated, and the project is set to your PROJECT_ID. For example:
gcloud is the command-line tool for Google Cloud Platform. It comes pre-installed on Cloud Shell and supports tab-completion.
You can list the active account name with this command:
gcloud auth list
Credentialed accounts: - <myaccount>@<mydomain>.com (active)
Credentialed accounts: - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can list the project ID with this command:
gcloud config list project
[core] project = <project_ID>
[core] project = qwiklabs-gcp-44776a13dea667a6
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