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From "Zheng Shao (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HIVE-444) Compile Time to use ObjectInspector instead of TypeInfo
Date Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:23:30 GMT
Compile Time to use ObjectInspector instead of TypeInfo

                 Key: HIVE-444
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-444
             Project: Hadoop Hive
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Query Processor
    Affects Versions: 0.4.0
            Reporter: Zheng Shao
            Assignee: Zheng Shao

ObjectInspector contains TypeInfo and in-memory layout of the Object. Currently the Compile
Time uses TypeInfo, Runtime initialization uses ObjectInspector. This complicates the system
because a lot of stuff, like type resolution in GenericUDF, needs to deal with both TypeInfo
and ObjectInspectors. In this transaction, we aim to simplify the system by providing a single
way of representing the metadata of the Object.

1. Make ObjectInspector serializable
2. Replace TypeInfo in ColumnInfo with ObjectInspector
3. (Optional) Replace RowSchema with ObjectInspector, and use some real names instead of field
IDs to make it easier to understand.

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