I mostly blog about solutions I’ve made for problems I’ve encountered during my workday. The stack we use at Wehkamp is huge, so there’s always an interesting topic to blog about and many programming challenges to deal with. My main specialty is backend (.NET Core / ASP.NET / C#), but I do my fair share of Node.js and Python.`
Incorporate free ngrok in your Node.js application for local development
I’ve tried to use the ngrok npm package in my application, but as the documentation says: “The ngrok and all tunnels will be killed when node process is done.” I need the process to “survive” my application. Let’s see what we can do about that…
“Is One Of” and “Is Not One Of” validation attributes
I love attribute validation! They can be used for a myriad of things. In .NET Core MVC we use them to validate models that come into our controllers. In one of our projects we kept running into the same thing: we need to validate a value against an array of pre-defined values. So we wrote some base validation attributes.
Visual Studio Code + Docker + Python using WSL in Windows on Boot Camp
I imagine your first thought is: why? Well, at Wehkamp we do a lot of cross platform development, but sometimes we end up with shell scripts that do stuff with Docker and Python. Usually that’s not a problem for Mac, but for Windows it’s a different thing. I have a MacBook Pro, but I’m a .NET developer, that’s why I prefer Windows, so I run Bootcamp. This article will show how to do Python development in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) using Visual Studio Code and Docker.
Spark: replace array with IDs with values; or: how to join objects?
This week we’ve been looking at joining two huge tables in Spark into a single table. It turns out that it is not a straightforward exercise to join data based on an array of IDs. In this blog I’ll show one way of doing this.
Streaming a Kafka topic in a Delta table on S3 using Spark Structured Streaming
Our data strategy specifies that we should store data on S3 for further processing. Raw S3 data is not the best way of dealing with data on Spark, though. In this blog I’ll show how you can use Spark Structured Streaming to write JSON records of a Kafka topic into a Delta table.
Easy Spark optimization for max record: aggregate instead of join?
There is a lot of code that needs to make a selection based on a maximum value. One example are Kafka reads: we only want the latest offset for each key, because that’s the latest record. What is the fastest way of doing this?
Kafka, Spark and schema inference
At Wehkamp we use Apache Kafka in our event driven service architecture. It handles high loads of messages really well. We use Apache Spark to run analysis. From time to time, I need to read a Kafka topic into my Databricks notebook. In this article, I’ll show what I use to read from a Kafka topic that has no schema attached to it. We’ll also dive into how we can render the JSON schema in a human-readable format.
Simple Python code to send message to Slack channel (without packages)
Last week I was working on a Databricks script that needed to produce a Slack message as its final outcome. I lifted some code that used a Slack client that was PIP-installed. Unfortunately, I could not use the package on my cluster. Fortunately, the Slack API is so simple, that you don’t really need a package to post a simple message to a channel. In this blog I’ll show you the simplest way of producing awesome messages in Slack.
Validate strongly typed options when using config sections
I like to validate my application configuration upon startup. Especially when doing local development, I want to know which application settings are missing. I also like to know where I should add them. This blog shows how to implement validation of your configuration classes using data annotations.
Caching resized images on S3 with Databricks
When you are training a machine learning image classification model, you often need to resize the images your dataset into smaller ones. When you retrain your model on new data, you resize the images once more. In this blog I’ll share how S3 can be used to cache the resized images.