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From "John Vines (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ACCUMULO-743) Authorization constructors are pretty wonky - String research?
Date Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:46:07 GMT
John Vines created ACCUMULO-743:
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             Summary: Authorization constructors are pretty wonky - String research?
                 Key: ACCUMULO-743
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ACCUMULO-743
             Project: Accumulo
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: client
            Reporter: John Vines
            Assignee: Billie Rinaldi


The various constructors for Authorizations are somewhat all over the place. There is only
one which uses Strings (most convenient for the user) but it only accepts them via variable
args.

The rest are in some form of bytes. One is a comma seperated byte array, one is a List of
ByteBuffers, and then there is another which is a Collection of byte[].


We make extensive use of bytes instead of Strings due to encoding concerns. I would like to
see a bit more consistency in the constructors for Authorizations. Because right now we sort
of have a half assed approach of being safe by using Bytes, but then having Strings (as var
args) for usability. I think we need to come up with a definite yes or no on Strings, and
then provide appropriate methods for dealing with them.

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