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From "Olga Natkovich (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (PIG-1876) Typed map for Pig
Date Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:35:37 GMT

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Olga Natkovich commented on PIG-1876:

design looks good

> Typed map for Pig
> -----------------
>                 Key: PIG-1876
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-1876
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: impl
>            Reporter: Daniel Dai
>            Assignee: Daniel Dai
>             Fix For: 0.9.0
> Currently Pig map type is untyped, which means map value is always of bytearray(ie. unknown)
type. In PIG-1277, we allow unknown type to be a shuffle key, which somewhat relieve the problem.
However, typed map is still beneficial in that:
> 1. User can make semantic use of the map value type. Currently, user need to explicitly
cast map value, which is ugly
> 2. Though PIG-1277 allow unknown type be a shuffle key, the performance suffers. We don't
have a raw comparator for the unknown type, instead, we need to instantiate the value object
and invoke its comparator
> Here is proposed syntax for typed map:
> map[type]
> Typed map can be used in place of untyped map could occur. For example:
> a = load '1.txt' as(map[int]);
> b = foreach a generate (map[(i:int)])a0;  - - Map value is tuple
> b = stream a through `cat` as (m:map[{(i:int,j:chararray)}]);  - - Map value is bag
> MapLookup a typed map will result datatype of map value.
> a = load '1.txt' as(map[int]);
> b = foreach a generate $0#'key';
> Schema for b:
> b: {chararray}
> The behavior of untyped map will remain the same.

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