Small R package for accessing Redshift
R
Latest commit 4e55e40 Oct 5, 2016 @pingles committed on GitHub Merge pull request #18 from richardlewisjones/master
support role-based access control in redshift.unload()

README.md

Redshift for R

Provides a few functions to make it easier to access Amazon's Redshift service from R.

This library essentially does very little, other than provide some nicer functions that use the RJDBC package. The code includes by default the Postgresql 8.4-703 JDBC driver that is required for connecting to Amazon's Redshift service; installing this package would install all dependencies necessary to start querying and analysing. However, custom Postgresql drivers can be used (like later versions of the driver).

Installing

Installing with devtools is probably easiest or you can install from the source/tarball. The project is currently not part of CRAN.

Devtools

install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("pingles/redshift-r")

Manually

Download the latest code tarball. Unzip the archive and run the following command in R:

install.packages("RJDBC", dependencies=T)
install.packages("/Users/me/Downloads/redshift-r-master", dependencies=F, repos=NULL, type="source")

Usage

require(redshift)

conn <- redshift.connect("jdbc:postgresql://blah.blah.eu-west-1.redshift.amazonaws.com:5439/data", "username", "password")
# conn is just a regular RJDBC connection object

# we can retrieve a list of tables
tables <- redshift.tables(conn)

# and get some info about the columns in one of those tables
cols <- redshift.columns(conn, "weblog")

# we can use RJDBC dbGetQuery to retrieve query results, perhaps from our weblog data
statuses_by_day <- dbGetQuery(conn, paste("SELECT DATE(timestamp) as dated, status, COUNT(1) as request_count",
                                          "FROM weblog",
                                          "GROUP BY DATE(time_stamp), status",
                                          "ORDER BY dated"))
statuses_by_day$dated <- as.Date(statuses_by_day$dated)
statuses_by_day$status <- as.factor(statuses_by_day$status)

# finally, lets do a little scatter plot to see how this looks
require(ggplot2)
p <- ggplot(statuses_by_day, aes(x=dated, y=request_count))
p + geom_point(aes(color=status))

Checking package

Before committing changes to the project you can run the following command from the directory containing the cloned repo (i.e. ./redshift/..)

$ R CMD check redshift

To Do

  • Update R documentation with functions- generates warnings during check at the moment.

License

This R package includes the Postgresql JDBC binary which is distributed under the following license:

Copyright (c) 1997-2011, PostgreSQL Global Development Group
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

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   and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
3. Neither the name of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group nor the names
   of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived
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