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From Julian Hyde <>
Subject Re: Dealing with two-level column structure tables
Date Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:51:09 GMT
Maryann and I discussed offline and decided to implement a variant of TableNamespace that returns
column family names as pseudo-columns. The type of these pseudo-columns is a struct containing
a field for each column in the family. We would need to adjust how we handle ‘select * from
t’ and ‘select t.columnFamily.*’, change the validator to disallow ‘select columnFamily
from t’, and other fairly minor changes to the validator, and adjust sql-to-rel conversion
but once we’re in relational algebra everything should be smooth sailing.


> On Apr 12, 2016, at 10:20 PM, Maryann Xue <> wrote:
> Hi,
> Phoenix has a two-level column structure for its tables, first level being column families
and second being columns under each family. We tried modeling column families as of STRUCT
types and columns as fields in their corresponding STRUCT types. We have now passed parsing
and validation, and columns are represented as a RexFieldAccess (the column) from a RexInputRef
(the column family).
> But when executing the query "select * from T", avatica could not handle STRUCT type
and threw an "not implemented" exception at I was hoping the parser
could have flattened this nested structure so that everything else would just work (both Avatica
and Phoenix). For example, a table having a structure like "VARCHAR K0, RecordType(VARCHAR
C0, VARCHAR C1) F1" can be flattened as "VARCHAR K0, VARCHAR F1.C0, VARCHAR F1.C1". Does that
sound a right direction to head to?
> Otherwise I'm thinking would it be possible to implement column families/columns as name
aliases? Column families in Phoenix are rather meant for column namespace than having a real
nested structure (although they make a serious difference in HBase), so it would be most desired
that they only exist for column resolving and validation.
> Thanks,
> Maryann

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