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From "Bin Guo (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (AVRO-1335) C++ should support field default values
Date Wed, 22 May 2013 02:23:20 GMT

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Bin Guo updated AVRO-1335:
--------------------------

    Summary: C++ should support field default values  (was: ResolvingDecoder should provide
bidirectional compatibility between different version of schemas)
    
> C++ should support field default values
> ---------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-1335
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1335
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: c++
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.4
>            Reporter: Bin Guo
>
> We found that resolvingDecoder could not provide bidirectional compatibility between
different version of schemas.
> Especially for records, for example:
> {code:title=First schema}
> {
>     "type": "record",
>     "name": "TestRecord",
>     "fields": [
>         {
>             "name": "MyData",
> 			"type": {
> 				"type": "record",
> 				"name": "SubData",
> 				"fields": [
> 					{
> 						"name": "Version1",
> 						"type": "string"
> 					}
> 				]
> 			}
>         },
> 	{
>             "name": "OtherData",
>             "type": "string"
>         }
>     ]
> }
> {code}
> {code:title=Second schema}
> {
>     "type": "record",
>     "name": "TestRecord",
>     "fields": [
>         {
>             "name": "MyData",
> 			"type": {
> 				"type": "record",
> 				"name": "SubData",
> 				"fields": [
> 					{
> 						"name": "Version1",
> 						"type": "string"
> 					},
> 					{
> 						"name": "Version2",
> 						"type": "string"
> 					}
> 				]
> 			}
>         },
> 	{
>             "name": "OtherData",
>             "type": "string"
>         }
>     ]
> }
> {code}
> Say, node A knows only the first schema and node B knows the second schema, and the second
schema has more fields. 
> Any data generated by node B can be resolved by first schema 'cause the additional field
is marked as skipped.
> But data generated by node A can not be resolved by second schema and throws an exception
*"Don't know how to handle excess fields for reader."*
> This is because data is resolved exactly according to the auto-generated codec_traits
which trying to read the excess field.
> The problem is we just can not only ignore the excess field in record, since the data
after the troublesome record also needs to be resolved.
> Actually this problem stucked us for a very long time.

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