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From "Jaeho Shin (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (GIRAPH-277) Text Vertex Input/Output Format base classes overhaul
Date Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:13:02 GMT

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Jaeho Shin commented on GIRAPH-277:
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Thanks, Jakob.  I also found it simple to just keep another svn checkout and generate correct
patches there.  It seems rb wants the diff to have {{Index: pathname}} followed by {{======...}}
lines.  Adding those revision suffixes was no use.

Looking at my patch from reviewboard, I realized I made a lot of reordered imports and some
whitespace changes.  Let me polish them and update the diff before anyone really dives deep
into it.  Is there a place where our import order is documented?  Maybe I'll dig up from the
mailing list.

Re: how-to-contribute, I'll let you know when I update the wiki.  I think I want to update
the wiki a little later maybe after a few more iterations like this, or as I contribute the
archetype work for new users.
                
> Text Vertex Input/Output Format base classes overhaul
> -----------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: GIRAPH-277
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GIRAPH-277
>             Project: Giraph
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: examples, lib
>            Reporter: Jaeho Shin
>         Attachments: GIRAPH-277.patch
>
>
> The current way of implementing {{VertexInputFormat}} and {{VertexReader}} had bad smell.
 It required users to understand how these two classes are glued together, and forced similar
codes to be duplicated in every new input format.  (Similarly for the VertexOutputFormat and
VertexWriter.)  Anyone who wants to create a new format should create an underlying record
reader or writer at the right moment and delegate some calls to it, which seemed unnecessary
detail being exposed.  Besides, type parameters had to appear all over every new format code,
which was extremely annoying for both reading existing code and writing a new one.  I was
very frustrated writing my first format code especially when I compared it to writing a new
vertex code.  I thought writing a new input/output format should be as simple as vertex.
> So, I have refactored {{TextVertexInputFormat}} and {{OutputFormat}} into new forms that
have no difference in their interfaces, but remove a lot of burden for subclassing.  Instead
of providing static VertexReader base classes, I made it a non-static inner-class of its format
class, which helps eliminate the repeated code for gluing these two, already tightly coupled
classes.  This has additional advantage of eliminating all the Generics type variables on
the VertexReader side, which makes overall code much more concise.  I added several useful
TextVertexReader base classes that can save efforts for implementing line-oriented formats.
> Please comment if you see my proposed change have any impact on other aspects.  I'm unsure
of how these additional layers of abstraction could affect performance.

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