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From "Jeremy Kahn (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (AVRO-1289) Python: Schema objects should polymorphically interact with data-walker interface
Date Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:15:15 GMT
Jeremy Kahn created AVRO-1289:
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             Summary: Python: Schema objects should polymorphically interact with data-walker
interface
                 Key: AVRO-1289
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1289
             Project: Avro
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: python
    Affects Versions: 1.7.5
            Reporter: Jeremy Kahn
            Assignee: Jeremy Kahn
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.8.0


Python {{avro.schema}} objects should be able to call back to a general data-and-schema parallel-walker
("validate" would be one of those, but so could be "default-filler"). 

There should be an {{avro.walker}} interface that owns the parallel state (a datum-reader/deserializer,
a datum-writer/serializer, a validator, or a default-filler -- see AVRO-1265). Schema polymorphism
would allow us to eliminate the large (and highly redundant) function-dispatch methods in
{{avro.io}} by making the {{avro.schema.Schema}} subclass responsible for calling back to
the {{avro.walker}} object.

Assigning this to v1.8.0 because it may be difficult to duplicate *every* behavior of 1.7.*
with the same function signatures, especially where this refactor may be eliminate entire
classes.

This factoring ought to make it easier to improve or extend objects that meet this {{walker}}
interface -- validators & serializers might be able to store more state about their position
within a record, for example, to yield more informative error messages upon mismatch (as requested
by Jonathan Coveney on the user mailing list).

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