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From "Brandon Forehand (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-1546) Make GenericData.Record.toString consistent
Date Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:44:05 GMT

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Brandon Forehand commented on AVRO-1546:
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The problem with the previous test was actually using Jackson to do the JSON parsing normalizes
the string output automatically.

This test is more like what I originally wrote, but it doesn't explain _why_ the change is
desirable.

> Make GenericData.Record.toString consistent
> -------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-1546
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1546
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: java
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.6
>            Reporter: Brandon Forehand
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: unescape_slash.patch, unescape_slash2.patch
>
>
> Currently, if you have a GenericData.Record and call toString on it, it provides a JSON
representation of this record type. However, if the record contains a string that contains
a literal forward slash, the forward slash gets escaped by the writeEscapedString function
which means that the string representation is not equivalent after round-tripping the value.
> According to the [ECMA standard for JSON|http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/files/ECMA-ST/ECMA-404.pdf],
forward slash can be escaped; however, the values {{"\u002F"}}, {{"\u002f"}}, {{"\/"}}, and
{{"/"}} are all the same. Thus, it seems preferable to produce the shortest version. This
is the way that Jackson works as well:
> {code}
> JsonMapper mapper = new JsonMapper();
> JsonFactory factory = new JsonFactory();
> JsonNode node = mapper.readTree(factory.createJsonParser("\"/path/\""));
> mapper.readValue(node, String.class); // => "/path/"
> node = mapper.readTree(factory.createJsonParser("\"\/path\/\"");
> mapper.readValue(node, String.class); // => "/path/"
> {code}
> This shows that whether or not the input is escaped that the JSON output produced in
both cases is the unescaped forward slash.



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