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From "Doug Meil (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-7221) RowKey utility class for rowkey construction
Date Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:40:14 GMT

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Doug Meil commented on HBASE-7221:
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Lars, I believe the pluggable RowKeyDataConverter RowKeySchema addresses that.  The default
implementation uses Bytes, however this is a pluggable strategy and the user has full control
over this.  Bytes isn't burned into the FixedLengthRowKey implementation like before.
                
> RowKey utility class for rowkey construction
> --------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-7221
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-7221
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: util
>            Reporter: Doug Meil
>            Assignee: Doug Meil
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HBASE_7221.patch, hbase-common_hbase_7221_2.patch, hbase-common_hbase_7221_v3.patch,
hbase-common_hbase_7221_v4.patch, hbase-server_hbase_7221_v5.patch
>
>
> A common question in the dist-lists is how to construct rowkeys, particularly composite
keys.  Put/Get/Scan specifies byte[] as the rowkey, but it's up to you to sensibly populate
that byte-array, and that's where things tend to go off the rails.
> The intent of this RowKey utility class isn't meant to add functionality into Put/Get/Scan,
but rather make it simpler for folks to construct said arrays.  Example:
> {code}
>    RowKey key = RowKey.create(RowKey.SIZEOF_MD5_HASH + RowKey.SIZEOF_LONG);
>    key.addHash(a);
>    key.add(b);
>    byte bytes[] = key.getBytes();
> {code} 

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