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From Renato MarroquĂ­n Mogrovejo <renatoj.marroq...@gmail.com>
Subject Gora-174 in Gora-Cassandra
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:31:53 GMT
Hi all,

This is a really long overdue email. Finally I got the time to get
around to this while I am on holidays (:

I've made some changes to the Gora-Cassandra to support AvroUnion data
types even though Cassandra doesn't rely on Avro for serializing data.
 So what it has been done is a workaround to save specialized data
types e.g. UNIONS. I faced the same problems and doubts that Alfonso
described, and Alfonso, your post was very illustrative mate ;)

I will just explain the general approach so the changes can be
understood and the changes themselves can be found inside the code, or
reply to this email to talk about it.

** For storing Union data **
We are creating a new column only on at the moment in which we are
flushing the data into the data store. This generated column will
store the index of the schema used within the Union data type.

** For retrieving Union data **
Retrieving the data directly from Cassandra, Gora can make it by
itself. The problem here was to determine which serializer to use
while getting this data back. So the first thing to do is to get the
value stored within the generated column, and use that value to select
the appropriate serializer. After that is just using what Gora has in

** For generating classes **
I am not particularly happy with the changes I've made here. I changed
GoraCompiler directly to create the extra field to store the selected
schema of the Union data type. I tried to only add a new field to the
schema before compiling and then let the compiler work but I kept on
getting a lock exception from Avro which didn't let me get through
this change as I wanted. If anybody could help me out on how to do it,
then  give me a shout! :)

I didn't know where to upload this patch or to Gora-174 because it
addresses an issues caused by it, or to create a new issue to handle
the Avro Union per data store.
Thanks for reading until the end!

Renato M.

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