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From "John Sichi (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HIVE-2509) Literal bigint
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:06:10 GMT


John Sichi commented on HIVE-2509:

Based on what you're saying, it sounds like literal bigint is just a bandaid for the real
issues with collection types and casting.  If you think the non-portability is worth it, let's
commit it, but in that case, shouldn't syntactic shorthand be provided for the other integer
types (TINYINT and SMALLINT) as well for comprehensiveness?

Regarding proposed repairs to the type system, I'm all in favor of strong typing combined
with conservative comparison/widening/assignment rules plus robust explicit conversions. 
However, getting from the existing liberal system to the promised land may be difficult due
to breakage in legacy queries.

> Literal bigint
> --------------
>                 Key: HIVE-2509
>                 URL:
>             Project: Hive
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Jonathan Chang
>            Assignee: Jonathan Chang
>         Attachments: D15.1.patch, D15.1.patch
> Typing bigints is a pain because you have to write CAST(0 AS BIGINT).  We should let
people type 0L instead.

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