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From "Santhosh Srinivasan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (PIG-912) Rename/Add 'string' as a type in place of chararray - and deprecate (and probably eventually remove) the use of 'chararray'
Date Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:43:14 GMT

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Santhosh Srinivasan commented on PIG-912:
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+1

> Rename/Add 'string' as a type in place of chararray - and deprecate (and probably eventually
remove) the use of 'chararray'
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PIG-912
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-912
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Mridul Muralidharan
>
> The type 'chararray' in pig does not refer to an array of characters (char []) but rather
to java.lang.String
> This is inconsistent and confusing naming; and additionally, will be a interoperability
issue with other systems which support schema's (zebra among others).
> It would be good to have a consistent naming across projects, while also having appropriate
names for the various types.
> Since use of 'chararray' is already widely deployed, it would be good to :
> a) Add a type 'string' (or equivalent) which is an alias for 'chararray'.
> Additionally, it is possible to envision these too (if deemed necessary - not a main
requiremnt) :
> b) Modify documentation and example scripts to use this new type.
> c) Emit warnings about chararray being deprecated.

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