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Subject [GitHub] [flink] twalthr commented on issue #8087: [FLINK-12029][table] Add column operations for TableApi
Date Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:52:21 GMT
twalthr commented on issue #8087: [FLINK-12029][table] Add column operations for TableApi
URL: https://github.com/apache/flink/pull/8087#issuecomment-483186032
   Thanks for the contribution @hequn8128. I haven't had a look at the code but at the API
   I still find the `columns(...) vs. -columns(...)` confusing. Why not making it more explicit
and fluent, e.g. `withColumns(...) vs. withoutColumns(...)`. There are a couple of advantages:
   1. It reads nicely: "select with columns 1 to 5" or "udagg with columns 1 to 5".
   2. When I saw the design doc the first time, I thought users can do things like `columns(1
to 5)-columns(2)` (so not just unary minus).
   2. It avoids ambiguity. Because a column operation with a single column could be misinterpreted.
Take `select(-columns('a))` for a schema `('a, 'b)` as an example. Given that a `columns(...)`
is just defined as a replacement operation. This could be interpreted as `select(-'a)` or
   3. We already need to keep a new Java DSL in mind. `withColumns()` and `withoutColumns()`
can be easily expressed in Java. The current design would look like `select(minus(columns(...)))`.
   What do you think?

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