Ignacio Alorre Ignacio Alorre - 1 year ago 83
Scala Question

Scala - How to avoid java.lang.IllegalArgumentException when Row.get(i) would retrieve a null

I'm using Spark and Scala to read some parquet files. The problem I am facing is the content of this parquet files may vary, that is some fields sometimes are not present. So when I try to access a fields which doesn't exist in a file, I get the following exception:

java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Field "wrongHeaderIndicator" does
not exist.

I did something similar in Java once, and it was possible to use
get(index)!= null
to check if the field we are trying to access exists or not. But I am not able to do the same in Scala.

Below you can see what I have written so far and the four things I tried, without success.

//The part of reading the parquet file and accessing the rows works fine
val sqlContext = new org.apache.spark.sql.SQLContext(sc)
import sqlContext.implicits._

val parquetFileDF = sqlContext.read.parquet("myParquet.parquet')

//I get one of the six blocks in the parquet file
val myHeaderData = parquetFileDF.select("HeaderData").collectAsList()

//When I try to access a particular field which is not in the "HeaderData"
//I get the exception

//1st Try
Option(myHeaderData.get(0).getStruct(0).getAs[String]("wrongHeaderIndicator")) match {
case Some(i) => println("This data exist")
case None => println("This would be a null")

//2nd Try
if(myHeaderData.get(0).getStruct(0).getAs[String]("wrongHeaderIndicator")!= null)
println("This data exist")
println("This is null")

//3rd Try

//4th Try

Edit. The problem is not when I access the columns of the DataFrame. The columns are always the same, and I don't need to perform checkings before the select. The problem come once I access the fields of the records in a particular column. Those records are structures which schema you can see below:

The schema of the column myHeaderData is similar to:

|-- myHeaderData: struct (nullable = true)
| |-- myOpIndicator: string (nullable = true)
| |-- mySecondaryFlag: string (nullable = true)
| |-- myDownloadDate: string (nullable = true)
| |-- myDownloadTime: string (nullable = true)
| |-- myUUID: string (nullable = true)

And if I run


I get the following output:


The four things I tried produce the same exception. Can anyone tell me what can I use to check if a field exist in a structure without generating the Exception?


Answer Source

You're making wrong assumption. If getAs field which doesn't exist it will throw exception, not return null. Therefore you should use Try:

import scala.util.{Try, Success, Failure}
import org.apache.spark.sql.Row

val row: Row = spark.read.json(sc.parallelize(Seq(
  """{"myHeaderData": {"myOpIndicator": "foo"}}"""))).first

Try(row.getAs[Row]("myHeaderData").getAs[String]("myOpIndicator")) match {
  case Success(s) => println(s)
  case _ => println("error")
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