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From "Christopher Tubbs (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ACCUMULO-4145) Eliminate constant unnecessary Text wrapping of immutable tableIDs
Date Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:51:18 GMT
Christopher Tubbs created ACCUMULO-4145:

             Summary: Eliminate constant unnecessary Text wrapping of immutable tableIDs
                 Key: ACCUMULO-4145
             Project: Accumulo
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Christopher Tubbs
            Assignee: Christopher Tubbs
             Fix For: 1.8.0

I started looking at ACCUMULO-4138 to see how KeyExtent is used to do overlaps, and I noticed
a *lot* of {{new KeyExtent(new Text(String), ...)}} calls, where that first parameter is the
Text version of tableId.

It appears, we even do this practice so much, that KeyExtent has a built-in WeakReference
caching of these tableIds, so the Java GC we can dedupe them and avoid creating too many.

The thing is... a lot of this attempt to optimize appears to be the result of unnecessarily
wrapping all these immutable String tableIDs with a Text object, yet it doesn't really seem
to buy us anything. In most of our API and a lot of internal utilities, these are already
Strings with references elsewhere in the code... so even if we dedupe the Text objects, we're
not doing anything about these Strings. Worse, we're actually doing some protective copying
here and there as we pass around these Text objects, using TextUtil, etc. This is completely
unnecessary, because they were immutable before we copied them and wrapped them.

In some cases, we actually call toString on the text objects to pass them around, and they
get flip-flopped a few times between String and Text, depending on what the internal API accepts.

At best, using the Text object helps us serialize KeyExtent... but that's questionably beneficial
since DataOutput can already serialize with: {{out.writeUTF(String)}}, so that's not actually
that helpful.

The only other benefit I could possibly see is with compareTo for lexicographical comparison,
but I have a hard time believing Text can compare faster than {{java.lang.String}}, and there
shouldn't be any difference in the results of the comparison between the UTF-8 encoding of
Text and the modified UTF encoding which is native to Java Strings, certainly not for the
base-36 characters and fixed constants (for special tables) we use in tableIDs.

We should just completely strip out all the Text versions of tableId, wherever possible. I've
already done this as an exercise in the 1.6 branch, but it might be potentially risky as these
are put in Java maps which don't have strict type checking ({{map.get(Object)}}, for instance)
and are sometimes compared with {{.equals(Object)}}. For what it's worth, the only public
API this really touches is {{}}, which was only inadvertently in
the public API and has since been moved (IIRC). We can preserve the old methods for compatibility,
if necessary (deprecated, of course).

Also, getting rid of these Text objects, and just sticking with the immutable String objects,
we'll be able to take advantage of future JVM improvements for String deduplication, like

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