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From Fabian Hueske <fhue...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: FlinkKafkaProducer API
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:16:31 GMT
Hi Elias,

thanks for your feedback. I think those are good observations and
suggestions to improve the Kafka producers.
The best place to discuss such improvements is the dev mailing list.

Would like to repost your mail there or open JIRAs where the discussion
about these changes can continue?

Thanks, Fabian

2016-06-09 3:58 GMT+02:00 Elias Levy <fearsome.lucidity@gmail.com>:

> The FlinkKafkaProducer API seems more difficult to use than it should be.
> The API requires you pass it a SerializationSchema or a
> KeyedSerializationSchema, but the Kafka producer already has a
> serialization API.  Requiring a serializer in the Flink API precludes the
> use of the Kafka serializers.  For instance, they preclude the use of the
> Confluent KafkaAvroSerializer class that makes use of the Confluent Schema
> Registry.  Ideally, the serializer would be optional, so as to allow the
> Kafka producer serializers to handle the task.
> In addition, the KeyedSerializationSchema conflates message key extraction
> with key serialization.  If the serializer were optional, to allow the
> Kafka producer serializers to take over, you'd still need to extract a key
> from the message.
> And given that the key may not be part of the message you want to write to
> Kafka, an upstream step may have to package the key with the message to
> make both available to the sink, for instance in a tuple. That means you
> also need to define a method to extract the message to write to Kafka from
> the element passed into the sink by Flink.
> In summary, there should be separation of extraction of the key and
> message from the element passed into the sink from serialization, and the
> serialization step should be optional.

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