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From "David Reiman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (THRIFT-4070) Generated PHP for Thrift sets are incompatible with PHP
Date Tue, 07 Feb 2017 01:19:41 GMT
David Reiman created THRIFT-4070:

             Summary: Generated PHP for Thrift sets are incompatible with PHP
                 Key: THRIFT-4070
             Project: Thrift
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: David Reiman
            Priority: Blocker

In the `TBase` class that all Thrift generated code inherits from, there is a `_writeList`
method that takes a boolean of whether or not the "list" in question is a set. The assumption
here is that since PHP has no built-in Set data type, we can duplicate the uniqueness constraint
of Sets by looking at the keys of a PHP associative array. Here's the associated code in `_writeList`:

foreach ($var as $key => $val) {
      $elem = $set ? $key : $val;
      if (isset($ewrite)) {
        $xfer += $output->$ewrite($elem);
      } else {
        switch ($etype) {
        case TType::STRUCT:
          $xfer += $elem->write($output);

I want to point out again that if we're using a `TType::SET`, the `$set` variable will be
`true`, and `$elem` will be the `$key`, not the `$value`. Here's the problem, from PHP array
documentation (

"The key can either be an integer or a string. The value can be of any type...Arrays and objects
can not be used as keys. Doing so will result in a warning: Illegal offset type."

In other words, it is impossible to implement a Thrift set of anything other than strings
or integers given the current implementation of PHP generated code.

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