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From "Sachin Goyal (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (AVRO-695) Cycle Reference Support
Date Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:25:14 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-695?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Sachin Goyal updated AVRO-695:

    Attachment: avro_circular_refs6.patch

avro_circular_refs6.patch is created using
lang/java/avro% svn diff src/
It eliminates the need to add an extra field per record and relies on the order of record-writing
and reading.

In this patch, there is an equals check at 3 places of the form:
I think this could be improved by adding a boolean-property in the schema for CircularRef
or somehow comparing the class.
Comments are welcome.

> Cycle Reference Support
> -----------------------
>                 Key: AVRO-695
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-695
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: spec
>    Affects Versions: 1.7.6
>            Reporter: Moustapha Cherri
>         Attachments: avro-1.4.1-cycle.patch.gz, avro-1.4.1-cycle.patch.gz, avro_circular_references.zip,
avro_circular_refs6.patch, avro_circular_refs_2014_06_14.zip, circular_refs_and_nonstring_map_keys_2014_06_25.zip
>   Original Estimate: 672h
>  Remaining Estimate: 672h
> This is a proposed implementation to add cycle reference support to Avro. It basically
introduce a new type named Cycle. Cycles contains a string representing the path to the other
> For example if we have an object of type Message that have a member named previous with
type Message too. If we have have this hierarchy:
> message
>   previous : message2
> message2
>   previous : message2
> When serializing the cycle path for "message2.previous" will be "previous".
> The implementation depend on ANTLR to evaluate those cycle at read time to resolve them.
I used ANTLR 3.2. This dependency is not mandated; I just used ANTLR to speed thing up. I
kept in this implementation the generated code from ANTLR though this should not be the case
as this should be generated during the build. I only updated the Java code.
> I did not make full unit testing but you can find "avrotest.Main" class that can be used
a preliminary test.
> Please do not hesitate to contact me for further clarification if this seems interresting.
> Best regards,
> Moustapha Cherri

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