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From Berin Loritsch <>
Subject Re: Commentary (was Re: [Analysis] Cocoon, The Play)
Date Mon, 15 Apr 2002 19:27:56 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> Berin Loritsch wrote:
>>Berin Loritsch wrote:
>>We need a Sitemap that has a decision time that is fairly
>>constant--as opposed to the length depending on the position
>>in the sitemap.
> Yes, you are right, we need a way to address this, but I really can't
> find one.
> I mean: having wildcarded hashmaps is something that I wouldn't know how
> to algorithmically design.
> Any idea?

It stems from having your decisions based strictly by one aspect in a
particular Sitemap.  The most natural aspect being URI.

Because the most common URI mapping is to *local* resources, we can
unroll them.

However, you are right--there is no clean way of algorithmically
addressing wildcard hashmaps.

The key problem is in the Hashcode generation.  It is guaranteed that
"docs/pub(*)/*.html" will not have the same hashcode as

However, by breaking the URI up, we can approach it by narrowing
down our matching.  I.e. We apply the concept of least common
denominator (remember fractions?).  We would break the URI based on
where the first wildcard approaches:


The LCD is the seventh character.  We can do a hash on URIs with the
first seven characters, and then iterate through the remaining
URIs.  THe HashMap would have the following structure:

   {Match("docs/pu", "docs/pub(*)/*.html"), Pipeline},
   {Match("images/", "images/*.jpg"), Pipeline}

The "Match" object exposes the LCD's HashCode, and uses the
full string for the .equals() operation.


      private String m_lcd;
      private String m_uri;

      public Match(int lcdChars, String uri)
          m_lcd = uri.Left(lcdChars);
          m_uri = uri;

      public long hashcode()

      public bool equals(Object other)
          return 0 == compareTo(other);

      public int compareTo(Object other)
           // perform matching logic:
           return m_uri.compareTo(other);


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