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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Referencing a Thrift sub-object within an Avro AVDL?
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:31:42 GMT
On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Ryan Slobojan <straxus@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out how to integrate some existing Thrift objects into
> an Avro-generated object, and haven't been able to find any pointers in the
> docs - as background, the project in question has recently adopted Avro as a
> new serialization standard, however there is still quite a bit of legacy
> code (and data) which uses Thrift, so the hope is that we can package a
> fairly small Thrift object in as a field on an AVDL-generated Avro object. I
> came across the org.apache.avro.thrift package
> (http://avro.apache.org/docs/1.7.1/api/java/org/apache/avro/thrift/package-summary.html)
> and see that reading and writing of Thrift objects is supported (as well as
> the test which shows it in action at
> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/avro/tags/release-1.7.1/lang/java/thrift/src/test/java/org/apache/avro/thrift/TestThrift.java?view=markup),
> however it's unclear to me if (or how) I can point at a Thrift object within
> an AVDL.

That's not currently possible.

> Assuming that this AVDL embedding isn't possible (something tells me that
> ThriftDatum[Reader|Writer] being based off of GenericDatumReader means it's
> only meant for runtime use, and not as part of AVDL compilation), what would
> you recommend as the best approach towards achieving this? It would be
> possible to duplicate the Thrift object's schema in AVDL and create a second
> AVDL-based version of that object, but would there be a clean way to convert
> back and forth between the two representations without needing to add a
> bunch of extra code? The existing legacy code *really* wants a Thrift
> object, so I need to somehow get from the Avro object to that, preferably in
> the cleanest way possible - any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

You might alias the AVDL-based record names to the Thrift-based record
names, serialize the Thrift object to a buffer using ThriftDatumWriter
then deserialize it using SpecificDatumReader.  Would that work for


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