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From Ewen Cheslack-Postava <e...@confluent.io>
Subject Copycat data API & serializers
Date Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:21:36 GMT
Hi all,

With the initial patch of of the Copycat APIs under review, I want to get
started on the data API. I wrote up some notes with a rough proposal for
what it should cover and a few requirements here:

Since they are very related, this also talks about serializers and includes
some sketches of how I think different serialization formats could be
implemented since we want Copycat to work with a variety of pluggable
serialization formats.

I think it's probably easy to bikeshed on the set of supported primitive
types or the semantics of optional fields & default values. But I think the
most important output from this discussion would be agreement that the
schemas described will be sufficiently rich for connectors, can handle
important cases like schema updates, but can still sufficiently abstract
away the underlying serialization libraries such that we aren't effectively
tied to one format despite providing a pluggable interface.


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