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From Sam Groth <sgr...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject Re: Re-using record & enum types in single schema file
Date Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:29:27 GMT
At least in Java, my understanding is that non-primitive type names are global to that schema
file so you could use approach 1, but instead of defining all types at the root union, define
them at the first subschema use and then refer to their type by name in the rest of the use
cases. Disclaimer: It's been a long time since I tried this so I could be wrong.

Hope this helps.Sam 

    On Friday, July 7, 2017 11:22 AM, Shannon Carey <scarey@expedia.com> wrote:

  I'm trying to see if I can use a single Avro schema file but still have multiple record
& enum types re-used throughout different places in the schema.
Based on these answers https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21539113/can-i-split-an-apache-avro-schema-across-multiple-files and https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29280635/avro-schema-definition-nesting-types the
only two ways are:
1. Use a union as the root type, and define all your re-used types as members of the union.
Unfortunately, this approach is not ideal as it allows any of those types to be serialized
as the root object regardless of which types you want to be the root.
Or, 2. Define a Protocol instead of a Schema, putting all your types into "types". This appears
to have the same problem as #1.
Is that right? Is there any other way? I'd rather only have to reference one schema file instead
of multiple.

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