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Simplify the boilerplate code generated by insert to code

Users tend to get confused by the boilerplate code. In most cases they don't need to see it, so it would be nice if we hid most of behind functions in a dsx 'utility' library.

For example, this code generated by insert to code ...

getObjectStorageFileWithCredentials_a98886102a7c4ee1b75850d9fc448f75 <- function(container, filename) {
# This functions returns a textConnection object for a file
# from Bluemix Object Storage.

if(!require(httr)) install.packages('httr')
if(!require(RCurl)) install.packages('RCurl')
library(httr, RCurl)
auth_url <- paste("",'/v3/auth/tokens', sep= '')
auth_args <- paste('{"auth": {"identity": {"password": {"user": {"domain": {"id": ', "xxxxx",'},"password": ',
"xxxxx",',"name": ', "xxxxx",'}},"methods": ["password"]}}}', sep='"')
auth_response <- httr::POST(url = auth_url, body = auth_args)
x_subject_token <- headers(auth_response)[['x-subject-token']]
auth_body <- content(auth_response)
access_url <- unlist(lapply(auth_body[['token']][['catalog']], function(catalog){
if((catalog[['type']] == 'object-store')){
lapply(catalog[['endpoints']], function(endpoints){
if(endpoints[['interface']] == 'public' && endpoints[['region_id']] == 'dallas') {
paste(endpoints[['url']], container, filename, sep='/')}
data <- content(httr::GET(url = access_url, add_headers ("Content-Type" = "application/json", "X-Auth-Token" = x_subject_token)), as="text")

... could be simplified a lot to something like:

dsx::getObjectStorageFile(username="username", password="secret", container="myfolder', file="myfile.txt", ... some_parameters_omitted)

  • chris snow
  • Aug 17 2017
  • In Plan
  • Aug 22, 2017

    Admin Response

    Hi Chris - thanks for submitting this request. Our notebook development team has been actively working on compressing/reducing the amount of code for the 'Insert to Code' function and actually taking it a set farther with a 'Project' library which will help with your idea.

    For more details, please reach out to me at or find me on slack! 

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  • Chris Snow commented
    August 22, 2017 19:17

    Hopefully this library will be open sourced?