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From "Doug Cutting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1422) New TokenStream API
Date Thu, 06 Nov 2008 20:24:46 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on LUCENE-1422:
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> But: what if you revert all changes to all tests [ ... ]
> This is the "true" back compat test, I think

Perhaps we could formalize this.  We could specify a subversion URL in build.xml that points
to a release tag, the tag of the oldest release we need to be compatible with.  We add a test
that retrieves the tests from this tag and compiles and runs them.


> New TokenStream API
> -------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1422
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1422
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Analysis
>            Reporter: Michael Busch
>            Assignee: Michael Busch
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 2.9
>
>         Attachments: lucene-1422-take4.patch, lucene-1422.patch, lucene-1422.take2.patch,
lucene-1422.take3.patch, lucene-1422.take3.patch
>
>
> This is a very early version of the new TokenStream API that 
> we started to discuss here:
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/lucene/java-dev/66227
> This implementation is a bit different from what I initially
> proposed in the thread above. I introduced a new class called
> AttributedToken, which contains the same termBuffer logic 
> from Token. In addition it has a lazily-initialized map of
> Class<? extends Attribute> -> Attribute. Attribute is also a
> new class in a new package, plus several implementations like
> PositionIncrementAttribute, PayloadAttribute, etc.
> Similar to my initial proposal is the prototypeToken() method
> which the consumer (e. g. DocumentsWriter) needs to call.
> The token is created by the tokenizer at the end of the chain
> and pushed through all filters to the end consumer. The 
> tokenizer and also all filters can add Attributes to the 
> token and can keep references to the actual types of the
> attributes that they need to read of modify. This way, when
> boolean nextToken() is called, no casting is necessary.
> I added a class called TestNewTokenStreamAPI which is not 
> really a test case yet, but has a static demo() method, which
> demonstrates how to use the new API.
> The reason to not merge Token and TokenStream into one class 
> is that we might have caching (or tee/sink) filters in the 
> chain that might want to store cloned copies of the tokens
> in a cache. I added a new class NewCachingTokenStream that
> shows how such a class could work. I also implemented a deep
> clone method in AttributedToken and a 
> copyFrom(AttributedToken) method, which is needed for the 
> caching. Both methods have to iterate over the list of 
> attributes. The Attribute subclasses itself also have a
> copyFrom(Attribute) method, which unfortunately has to down-
> cast to the actual type. I first thought that might be very
> inefficient, but it's not so bad. Well, if you add all
> Attributes to the AttributedToken that our old Token class
> had (like offsets, payload, posIncr), then the performance
> of the caching is somewhat slower (~40%). However, if you 
> add less attributes, because not all might be needed, then
> the performance is even slightly faster than with the old API.
> Also the new API is flexible enough so that someone could
> implement a custom caching filter that knows all attributes
> the token can have, then the caching should be just as 
> fast as with the old API.
> This patch is not nearly ready, there are lot's of things 
> missing:
> - unit tests
> - change DocumentsWriter to use new API 
>   (in backwards-compatible fashion)
> - patch is currently java 1.5; need to change before 
>   commiting to 2.9
> - all TokenStreams and -Filters should be changed to use 
>   new API
> - javadocs incorrect or missing
> - hashcode and equals methods missing in Attributes and 
>   AttributedToken
>   
> I wanted to submit it already for brave people to give me 
> early feedback before I spend more time working on this.

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