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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: Limitations of Table Functions vs. old VTIs?
Date Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:23:45 GMT
Hi David,

More responses inline...

On 3/12/13 10:28 AM, drv wrote:
> I just came across another problem -
> The old VTIs passed predicates in a Qualifier[][] object which holds a
> representation of the predicates re-ordered in conjunctive normal form. I
> have many methods that process this Qualifier[][] structure.
When we introduced RestrictedVTI, we did not want to invent yet another 
way to represent a restriction. So we considered moving Qualifier into 
the public api. Unfortunately, Qualifier references DataValueDescriptor, 
and that would have meant pulling a big chunk of Derby's type system 
into the public api.
> Now however, the initScan() method on the RestrictedVTI interface passes
> predicates in a recursive tree of Restriction objects. The predicates in
> this structure are not re-ordered. The tree structure just matches the
> original bracketing of ANDed and ORed expressions in the query.
> My question is - are there any public utility methods in Derby for
> converting the top level Restriction object into a Qualifier[][]? I haven't
> found any yet. Or is there a simple way of just doing it myself?
I'm not aware of any public utility methods for doing this. The focus of 
RestrictedVTI was to make it possible to deploy table functions against 
generic external data sources, not against code which understands the 
Derby type system and storage apis.

Writing such a utility method doesn't seem to be hard, just tedious. It 
should be easy to percolate the ANDs up the Restriction structure in 
order to convert to conjunctive normal form. Each 
Restriction.ColumnQualifier should then correspond to a Qualifier. If 
you write such a utility method, please consider donating it to the 
community. The Derby code for converting a predicate to conjunctive 
normal form can be found in 

> Thanks again -
> David
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