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From "George Fletcher (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (AVRO-886) Support doc strings in IDL for protocols and message interfaces
Date Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:08:08 GMT
Support doc strings in IDL for protocols and message interfaces

                 Key: AVRO-886
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-886
             Project: Avro
          Issue Type: Improvement
    Affects Versions: 1.5.2
            Reporter: George Fletcher

I would like to be able to add documentation to the IDL that will get parsed with more types
than Enum, Fixed and Record. Specifically, I'd like to support doc strings for protocols and
message interfaces. One purpose is to be able to write the documentation into the generated

The specific use case is to use information in the documentation strings to auto generate
java annotations in the generated Java code. This is done with our own specifics compiler.

Here is an example 'marked up' IDL file...

/** class=@AccessControl(group="normal") */
protocol EchoService {

    import idl "Errors.avdl";

    /** Message structure for the echo service */
    record Message {
        /** the string to be echo'd */
        string echome;
        map<string> echoes;

    /** method=@AccessControl(source="MyService") */
    string echoString(string msg) throws com.aol.interfaces.error.ServiceError;
    Message echoMessage(Message msg) throws com.aol.interfaces.error.ServiceError;

    void publishMessage(string msg) oneway;

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