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From "Stephan Ewen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (FLINK-3042) Define a way to let types create their own TypeInformation
Date Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:00:24 GMT

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Stephan Ewen commented on FLINK-3042:

You could do for a LongValue[] something like:

public class LongValueArray {

    private LongValue[] elements;

    public LongValue[] elements() { return elements; }

public class LongValueArrayTypeInfo extends TypeInformation<LongValueArray> {

    // custom serialization and deserialization methods

public class LongValueArrayTypeInfoFactory extends TypeInformationFactory<LongValueArray>

    public LongValueArrayTypeInfo createTypeInfo) {
        return new LongValueArrayTypeInfo();


> Define a way to let types create their own TypeInformation
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: FLINK-3042
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLINK-3042
>             Project: Flink
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 0.10.0
>            Reporter: Stephan Ewen
>             Fix For: 1.0.0
> Currently, introducing new Types that should have specific TypeInformation requires
>   - Either integration with the TypeExtractor
>   - Or manually constructing the TypeInformation (potentially at every place) and using
type hints everywhere.
> I propose to add a way to allow classes to create their own TypeInformation (like a static
method "createTypeInfo()").
> To support generic nested types (like Optional / Either), the type extractor would provide
a Map of what generic variables map to what types (deduced from the input). The class can
use that to create the correct nested TypeInformation (possibly by calling the TypeExtractor
again, passing the Map of generic bindings).

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