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From "Sharad Agarwal (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-1230) Replace parameters with context objects in Mapper, Reducer, Partitioner, InputFormat, and OutputFormat classes
Date Thu, 27 Nov 2008 09:51:45 GMT

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Sharad Agarwal commented on HADOOP-1230:
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Is there a need to explicitly pass Context object in map and cleanup methods? These are expected
to be called after setup. Would it be better to set Context in a protected member variable
in setup? map and cleanup are expected to use the same reference of Context, right?
I think this will simplify the code as we would require to pass Context to only 2 methods
out of 4. So may not even require to create a shorthand Mapper#Context
Going forward also if we add more methods, it will keep the method signatures simple.

> Replace parameters with context objects in Mapper, Reducer, Partitioner, InputFormat,
and OutputFormat classes
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-1230
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1230
>             Project: Hadoop Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: mapred
>            Reporter: Owen O'Malley
>            Assignee: Owen O'Malley
>         Attachments: context-objs-2.patch, context-objs-3.patch, context-objs.patch
>
>
> This is a big change, but it will future-proof our API's. To maintain backwards compatibility,
I'd suggest that we move over to a new package name (org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce) and deprecate
the old interfaces and package. Basically, it will replace:
> package org.apache.hadoop.mapred;
> public interface Mapper extends JobConfigurable, Closeable {
>   void map(WritableComparable key, Writable value, OutputCollector output, Reporter reporter)
throws IOException;
> }
> with:
> package org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce;
> public interface Mapper extends Closable {
>   void map(MapContext context) throws IOException;
> }
> where MapContext has the methods like getKey(), getValue(), collect(Key, Value), progress(),
etc.

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