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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-680) Allow for non-string keys
Date Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:19:22 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on AVRO-680:

> If we make isMap return false and isArray return true, then the above code would fail
while typecasting Map to a Collection.

Yes, but if we *don't* make isMap return false and isArray return true then it will render
invalid JSON, since JSON only permits string-keyed maps (a.k.a objects).

> Same holds true for #validate()

But here, without the change, validate will not validate keys of non-string maps, since they're
assumed to be strings.

> Ditto, for #induce():

And without the change it won't generate the correct schema.

So in each case, making the change would cause them to throw exceptions, while not making
it would just cause them silently do the wrong thing.

> Allow for non-string keys
> -------------------------
>                 Key: AVRO-680
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-680
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.6, 1.7.7
>            Reporter: Jeremy Hanna
>         Attachments: AVRO-680.patch, isMap_Call_Hierarchy.png, non_string_map_keys.zip,
non_string_map_keys2.zip, non_string_map_keys3.zip, non_string_map_keys4.patch, non_string_map_keys5.patch,
> Based on an email thread back in April, Doug Cutting proposed a possible solution for
having non-string keys:
> Stu Hood wrote:
> > I can understand the reasoning behind AVRO-9, but now I need to look for an alternative
to a 'map' that will allow me to store an association of bytes keys to values.
> A map of Foo has the same binary format as an array of records, each
> with a string field and a Foo field.  So an application can use an array
> schema similar to this to represent map-like structures with, e.g.,
> non-string keys.
> Perhaps we could establish standard properties that indicate that a
> given array of records should be represented in a map-like way if
> possible?  E.g.,:
> {"type": "array", "isMap": true, "items": {"type":"record", ...}}
> Doug

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