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From "Owen O'Malley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-1986) Add support for a general serialization mechanism for Map Reduce
Date Wed, 03 Oct 2007 20:48:51 GMT

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Owen O'Malley commented on HADOOP-1986:
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I think to actually do something other than use Java serialization, you pretty much need a
superclass that supports conversion to and from bytes. Realistically, with the current Thrift
implementation, you'd need to register a serializer for each specific class. *Yuck* 

However, according to the Thrift developers adding a base class would be easy and they are
considering doing it.

> Add support for a general serialization mechanism for Map Reduce
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-1986
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1986
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: mapred
>            Reporter: Tom White
>             Fix For: 0.16.0
>
>
> Currently Map Reduce programs have to use WritableComparable-Writable key-value pairs.
While it's possible to write Writable wrappers for other serialization frameworks (such as
Thrift), this is not very convenient: it would be nicer to be able to use arbitrary types
directly, without explicit wrapping and unwrapping.

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