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From "Zheng Shao (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Assigned: (HIVE-537) Hive TypeInfo/ObjectInspector to support union (besides struct, array, and map)
Date Tue, 07 Jul 2009 00:11:14 GMT

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Zheng Shao reassigned HIVE-537:
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    Assignee: Min Zhou  (was: Zheng Shao)

> Hive TypeInfo/ObjectInspector to support union (besides struct, array, and map)
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HIVE-537
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HIVE-537
>             Project: Hadoop Hive
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Zheng Shao
>            Assignee: Min Zhou
>         Attachments: HIVE-537.1.patch
>
>
> There are already some cases inside the code that we use heterogeneous data: JoinOperator,
and UnionOperator (in the sense that different parents can pass in records with different
ObjectInspectors).
> We currently use Operator's parentID to distinguish that. However that approach does
not extend to more complex plans that might be needed in the future.
> We will support the union type like this:
> {code}
> TypeDefinition:
>   type: primitivetype | structtype | arraytype | maptype | uniontype
>   uniontype: "union" "<" tag ":" type ("," tag ":" type)* ">"
> Example:
>   union<0:int,1:double,2:array<string>,3:struct<a:int,b:string>>
> Example of serialized data format:
>   We will first store the tag byte before we serialize the object. On deserialization,
we will first read out the tag byte, then we know what is the current type of the following
object, so we can deserialize it successfully.
> Interface for ObjectInspector:
> interface UnionObjectInspector {
>   /** Returns the array of OIs that are for each of the tags
>    */
>   ObjectInspector[] getObjectInspectors();
>   /** Return the tag of the object.
>    */
>   byte getTag(Object o);
>   /** Return the field based on the tag value associated with the Object.
>    */
>   Object getField(Object o);
> };
> An example serialization format (Using deliminated format, with ' ' as first-level delimitor
and '=' as second-level delimitor)
> userid:int,log:union<0:struct<touserid:int,message:string>>,1:string>
> 123 1=login
> 123 0=243=helloworld
> 123 1=logout
> {code}

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