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Toni Verbeiren


May 29, 2015

I’m jumping between Scala/Spark coding, some Javascript in between, Python/PySpark and then some R every now and then. This in itself is already a challenge, but the worst thing is that I frequently encounter situations where I think: I’ve encountered this situation before. In many cases, it’s a situation that required quite some work to resolve. You end up with two possibilities: 1) retrieve the solution from some code somewhere on your harddisk or 2) start finding the solution again from scratchGoogle.

So I’m now wondering if this could not be organized better… Of course it can, but how? Github has the ability to store snippets of code, I could just keep a file handy for every programming environment/language. What are you using?

Here’s an example of a snippet of Scala code that I need a lot: configuring a Spark context to use my credentials (stored in environment variable) to connect to Amazon S3:

val fs_s3_awsAccessKeyId = sys.env.get("AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID").getOrElse("<key")
val fs_s3_awsSecretAccessKey = sys.env.get("AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY").getOrElse("<key>")
sc.hadoopConfiguration.set("fs.s3n.awsAccessKeyId", fs_s3_awsAccessKeyId)
sc.hadoopConfiguration.set("fs.s3n.awsSecretAccessKey", fs_s3_awsSecretAccessKey)

How do you cope with this challenge?