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From "Yonik Seeley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1701) Add NumericField and NumericSortField, make plain text numeric parsers public in FieldCache, move trie parsers to FieldCache
Date Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:04:07 GMT

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Yonik Seeley commented on LUCENE-1701:
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bq. Because.... we've decided that this is our core approach to numerics?

We decided to move trie from contrib to core because it was the most stable and usable numeric
implementation.  We did not decide to rewrite it, or make it "special".  It's not sufficient
for everyone, there will be (many) enhancements to trie, and there will be other numeric field
types.  Trie is not, and should not be the only numeric field, and should not be baked into
the index format.

The next step after adding NumericField seems to be "it's a bug if getDocument() doesn't return
a NumericField, so we must encode it in the index".  If that's the case, I'm -1 on adding
NumericField in the first place.

> Add NumericField and NumericSortField, make plain text numeric parsers public in FieldCache,
move trie parsers to FieldCache
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1701
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1701
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Index, Search
>    Affects Versions: 2.9
>            Reporter: Uwe Schindler
>            Assignee: Uwe Schindler
>             Fix For: 2.9
>
>         Attachments: NumericField.java
>
>
> In discussions about LUCENE-1673, Mike & me wanted to add a new NumericField to o.a.l.document
specific for easy indexing. An alternative would be to add a NumericUtils.newXxxField() factory,
that creates a preconfigured Field instance with norms and tf off, optionally a stored text
(LUCENE-1699) and the TokenStream already initialized. On the other hand NumericUtils.newXxxSortField
could be moved to NumericSortField.
> I and Yonik tend to use the factory for both, Mike tends to create the new classes.
> Also the parsers for string-formatted numerics are not public in FieldCache. As the new
SortField API (LUCENE-1478) makes it possible to support a parser in SortField instantiation,
it would be good to have the static parsers in FieldCache public available. SortField would
init its member variable to them (instead of NULL), so making code a lot easier (FieldComparator
has this ugly null checks when retrieving values from the cache).
> Moving the Trie parsers also as static instances into FieldCache would make the code
cleaner and we would be able to hide the "hack" StopFillCacheException by making it private
to FieldCache (currently its public because NumericUtils is in o.a.l.util).

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