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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Why is the String type a Schema property?
Date Thu, 24 May 2012 18:51:38 GMT
On 05/24/2012 10:28 AM, Mark Hayes wrote:
> The stored/shared schema must either have these string type properties,
> or not.  If it does have them, this impacts the string type for all
> clients reading from the database.  So they would have to all agree on
> the string type, or dynamically determine it.

No, there are two schemas involved in reading, the writer's and the 
reader's.  The reader's schema can determine what string representation 
is used.  This is the case with reflect and specific, which resolve the 
schema used when writing against the schema of the class that's being 
used to represent things when reading.  So you don't need to worry about 
reflect or specific, since they supply their own schema that has the 
string representation they expect.

So you only need to worry about different string representations if 
you're using the generic representation and do not specify a distinct 
reader's schema that you expect to see things as, or if you use some 
other kind of datum reader (e.g., one you've written yourself) that 
subclasses GenericDatumReader, doesn't override readString(), and you 
don't pass an expected, reader's schema.

Doug

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