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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AVRO-50) bidrectional text representation of AVRO data
Date Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:20:07 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on AVRO-50:
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> given the schema "[string|bytes]"

That schema should of course instead be ["string", "bytes"].

> bidrectional text representation of AVRO data
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-50
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-50
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: spec
>            Reporter: Philip Zeyliger
>
> It would be very useful to add a text representation of AVRO data to the spec, and implement
toString() and fromString() in all implementations.  Faced with binary data, it'll be a useful
operation to decode it for debugging, ad-hoc manipulation, etc.
> I suspect the text format will:
>  * be JSON
>  * require the schema for full interpretation
>  * map easily onto the binary format (if the binary format has a signifier to take a
specific branch of a union, the text format will have such a signifier as well)
>  * not be unique (there's more than one way to encode a given number (e.g., {{0x0 ==
0}}) or string (e.g., {{"\u0061" == "a"}}, not to mention flexible whitespace)
>  * be compatible, for the binary type, with whatever is decided in AVRO-36

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