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From "Alan Gates (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (PIG-143) Proposal for refactoring of parsing logic in Pig
Date Fri, 02 May 2008 20:48:55 GMT

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Alan Gates commented on PIG-143:
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validator patch committed.  Thanks a ton Pi for working on this.

> Proposal for refactoring of parsing logic in Pig
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PIG-143
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-143
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: impl
>            Reporter: Pi Song
>            Assignee: Pi Song
>         Attachments: ParserDrawing.png, pigtype_cycle_check.patch, PostParseValidation_WorkingVersion_1.patch,
PostParseValidation_WorkingVersion_2.patch, SchemaMerge.patch
>
>
> h2. Pig Script Parser Refactor Proposal 
> This is my initial proposal on pig script parser refactor work. Please note that I need
your opinions for improvements.
> *Problem*
> The basic concept is around the fact that currently we do validation logics in parsing
stage (for example, file existence checking) which I think is not clean and difficult to add
new validation rules. In the future, we will need to add more and more validation logics to
improve usability.
> *My proposal:-*  (see [^ParserDrawing.png])
> - Only keep parsing logic in the parser and leave output of parsing logic being unchecked
logical plans. (Therefore the parser only does syntactic checking)
> - Create a new class called LogicalPlanValidationManager which is responsible for validations
of the AST from the parser.
> - A new validation logic will be subclassing LogicalPlanValidator 
> - We can chain a set of LogicalPlanValidators inside LogicalPlanValidationManager to
do validation work. This allows a new LogicalPlanValidator to be added easily like a plug-in.

> - This greatly promotes modularity of the validation logics which  is +particularly good
when we have a lot of people working on different things+ (eg. streaming may require a special
validation logic)
> - We can set the execution order of validators
> - There might be some backend specific validations needed when we implement new execution
engines (For example a logical operation that one backend can do but others can't).  We can
plug-in this kind of validations on-the-fly based on the backend in use.
> *List of LogicalPlanValidators extracted from the current parser logic:-*
> - File existence validator
> - Alias existence validator
> *Logics possibly be added in the very near future:-*
> - Streaming script test execution
> - Type checking + casting promotion + type inference
> - Untyped plan test execution
> - Logic to prevent reading and writing from/to the same file
> The common way to implement a LogicalPlanValidator will be based on Visitor pattern.

> *Cons:-*
>  - By having every validation logic traversing AST from the root node every time, there
is a performance hit. However I think this is neglectable due to the fact that Pig is very
expressive and normally queries aren't too big (99% of queries contain no more than 1000 AST
nodes).
> *Next Step:-*
> LogicalPlanFinalizer which is also a pipeline except that each stage can modify the input
AST. This component will generally do a kind of global optimizations.
> *Further ideas:-*
> - Composite visitor can make validations more efficient in some cases but I don't think
we need
> - ASTs within the pipeline never change (read-only) so validations can be done in parallel
to improve responsiveness. But again I don't think we need this unless we have so many I/O
bound logics.
> - The same pipeline concept can also be applied in physical plan validation/optimization.

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