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From Michael Armbrust <>
Subject Re: frustration with field names in Dataset
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:13:30 GMT
That might be reasonable.  At least I can't think of any problems with
doing that.

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 7:39 AM, Koert Kuipers <> wrote:

> since a dataset is a typed object you ideally don't have to think about
> field names.
> however there are operations on Dataset that require you to provide a
> Column, like for example joinWith (and joinWith returns a strongly typed
> Dataset, not DataFrame). once you have to provide a Column you are back to
> thinking in field names, and worrying about duplicate field names, which is
> something that can easily happen in a Dataset without you realizing it.
> so under the hood Dataset has unique identifiers for every column, as in
> dataset.queryExecution.logical.output, but these are expressions
> (attributes) that i cannot turn back into columns since the constructors
> for this are private in spark.
> so.... how about having Dataset.apply(i: Int): Column to allow me to pick
> columns by position without having to worry about (duplicate) field names?
> then i could do something like:
> dataset.joinWith(otherDataset, dataset(0) === otherDataset(0), joinType)

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