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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-1723) Add support for forward declarations in avro IDL
Date Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:11:45 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on AVRO-1723:
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The exception should probably not include the type:null schema, but rather just the name string
within it.

> Add support for forward declarations in avro IDL
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-1723
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1723
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.8.0
>            Reporter: Zoltan Farkas
>
> Currently Recursive data structures like:
> record SampleNode {
>    int count = 0;
>    array<SamplePair> samples = [];
> }
> record SamplePair {
>  string name;
>  SampleNode node;
> }
> It is not possible to declare in IDL,
> however it is possible to declare in avsc (with fix from https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-1667
)
> It is actually not complicated to implement, here is some detail on a possible implementation:
> https://github.com/zolyfarkas/avro/commit/210c50105717149f3daa39b8d4160b8548b8e363
> This would close a capability gap with google protocol buffers...



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