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From "Emilio Jose Mena Cebrian (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (AVRO-3077) Ability of select string deserializing mode by configuration
Date Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:01:00 GMT

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Emilio Jose Mena Cebrian updated AVRO-3077:
    Summary: Ability of select string deserializing mode by configuration  (was: Ability of
select string deserializing by configuration)

> Ability of select string deserializing mode by configuration
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AVRO-3077
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-3077
>             Project: Apache Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: java
>    Affects Versions: 1.10.1
>            Reporter: Emilio Jose Mena Cebrian
>            Priority: Major
> Current Java generator modifies the source schema to add a property to describe the way
a reader decodes a string. (see AVRO-2918)
> I think this is a design problem. The way a reader deserializes a string shouldn't modify
the schema (the schema describes the structure of avro message, not the way a reader converts
to a usable form).
> On the other hand, a reader might require the strings as a CharSequence because it knows
how to handle them and other as a String.
> The only way to do this now is modifying the schema itself in each reader. If you use
Avro with other technologies like Kafka (or confluent) It migth be non-viable.
> I think that the way a reader decodes messages should be specified by the reader and
It'll be desirable to specify this using a configuration.
> Maybe if a System property (like useCustomCoders feature) or something similar could
be added to modify the default value for String decoding.
> Form GenericDatumReader
> {code:java}
>     protected Class findStringClass(Schema schema) {
>             String name = schema.getProp(GenericData.STRING_PROP);
>             if (name == null)
>               return CharSequence.class;
>             switch (GenericData.StringType.valueOf(name)) {
>             case String:
>               return String.class;
>             default:
>               return CharSequence.class;
>             }
>           }
> {code}
> Maybe adding a "forced" configuration may help: if reader configures string representation,
use it, if not do it the current way.
> And do something similar in SpecificDatumReader

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