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From "Kristian Waagan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DERBY-4520) Refactor and extend data type cloning facilities
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:18:54 GMT
Refactor and extend data type cloning facilities

                 Key: DERBY-4520
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4520
             Project: Derby
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Store
    Affects Versions:
            Reporter: Kristian Waagan
            Assignee: Kristian Waagan

With the increased use of streams to represent data values, the cloning facilities needs to
be improved.

Unless I get pushback, I will proceed by producing patches to reach the following goals:
 - move the functionality provided by CloneableObject into DataValueDescriptor
   (all classes implementing CloneableObject also implements DataValueDescriptor)
 - introduce the cloning methods cloneValue, cloneState and cloneHolder (all in DataValueDescriptor,
see description below)
   Note that they all return a usable DVD. I'm all ears for better names for the clone methods
(another suggestion mentioned is cloneDeep, cloneHalfDeep, and cloneShallow).

cloneValue <deep> (new method, functionality was present through combined calls to the
DVD public interface) 
 - a DVD obtained through cloneValue is independent of other DVDs and the state of the Derby
 - the data value will be materialized

cloneState <halfDeep> (~= DataValueDescriptor.getClone)
 - a DVD obtained through cloneState is independent of other DVDs, but may depend on the state
of the Derby store (due to references to store streams)
 - the data value will be materialized if the value is represented by a non-cloneable stream
or if Derby believes materializing the value is more appropriate than keeping the stream representation

cloneHolder <shallow> (~= CloneableObject.cloneObject)
 -  a DVD obtained through cloneHolder is dependent on the original DVD and its clones made
through cloneHolder. If one of the DVDs changes its state, all of them will be affected. Will
also be dependent on the state of the Derby store if there are references to store streams.
 - the data value will never be materialized due to cloneHolder being invoked

For many of the data types, cloneState and cloneHolder will forward to cloneValue.

cloneState will be used the most. cloneValue is currently only required in the sorter. cloneHolder
is required (for performance reasons and maybe to avoid OOME) when DVDs pass through temporary
holders (BackingStoreHashtable, TemporaryRowHolderImpl). I have not gone through all the usages
of cloneState to see if any of them can be, or has to be, replaced with another clone-call.

The ability to clone store streams will be added by Mike's patch attached to DERBY-3650.

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