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From "Daniel Dai (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (PIG-1876) Typed map for Pig
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:55:37 GMT
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:

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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