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From "Josh Wills (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CRUNCH-57) Add a length function to PCollection
Date Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:53:07 GMT


Josh Wills commented on CRUNCH-57:

I'm +1 for PObject and I like Gabriel's approach re: domain-specific fluent wrappers. At the
goog, the FJ PCollection/PTable interfaces were *huge*, but it made writing fluent pipelines
really easy. My initial idea was to put all of the MR patterns into the lib.* module, but
it ended up being annoying to work with in practice, IMO.

Kiyan, do you have an opinion on how you want to go about this one? Do you want to take on
defining PObject (which in my mind, could just be a simple wrapper that materialized a PCollection
and then implemented some abstract function that did a computation on the materialized Iterable)
and incorporate it here? Or do you just want to keep the Aggregate.length impl for now and
leave off the rest of the change until we create PObject?
> Add a length function to PCollection
> ------------------------------------
>                 Key: CRUNCH-57
>                 URL:
>             Project: Crunch
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 0.3.0
>            Reporter: Kiyan Ahmadizadeh
>            Assignee: Josh Wills
>         Attachments: CRUNCH-57.patch
> Sometimes it's useful and interesting to compute the number of elements in a PCollection.
> For example, suppose there was an initial PCollection that was then filtered into another.
 If I'm interested in how many elements of the original PCollection matched the filter, I'll
have to write extra code to compute this.
> PCollections should have a length method that, when called, computes the number of elements
in the PCollection and returns the result. 

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