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From Rajiv Kurian <ra...@signalfuse.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSSION] adding the serializer api back to the new java producer
Date Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:06:23 GMT
Why can't the organization package the Avro implementation with a kafka
client and distribute that library though? The risk of different users
supplying the kafka client with different serializer/deserializer
implementations still exists.

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM, Jun Rao <junrao@gmail.com> wrote:

> Joel, Rajiv, Thunder,
>
> The issue with a separate ser/deser library is that if it's not part of the
> client API, (1) users may not use it or (2) different users may use it in
> different ways. For example, you can imagine that two Avro implementations
> have different ways of instantiation (since it's not enforced by the client
> API). This makes sharing such kind of libraries harder.
>
> Joel,
>
> As for reason about the data types, take an example of the consumer
> application. It needs to deal with objects at some point. So the earlier
> that type information is revealed, the clearer it is to the application.
> Since the consumer client is the entry point where an application gets the
> data,  if the type is enforced there, it makes it clear to all down stream
> consumers.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jun
>
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM, Joel Koshy <jjkoshy.w@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Re: pushing complexity of dealing with objects: we're talking about
> > just a call to a serialize method to convert the object to a byte
> > array right? Or is there more to it? (To me) that seems less
> > cumbersome than having to interact with parameterized types. Actually,
> > can you explain more clearly what you mean by <q>reason about what
> > type of data is being sent</q> in your original email? I have some
> > notion of what that means but it is a bit vague and you might have
> > meant something else.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Joel
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 09:15:19AM -0800, Jun Rao wrote:
> > > Joel,
> > >
> > > Thanks for the feedback.
> > >
> > > Yes, the raw bytes interface is simpler than the Generic api. However,
> it
> > > just pushes the complexity of dealing with the objects to the
> > application.
> > > We also thought about the layered approach. However, this may confuse
> the
> > > users since there is no single entry point and it's not clear which
> > layer a
> > > user should be using.
> > >
> > > Jun
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 12:34 AM, Joel Koshy <jjkoshy.w@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > > makes it hard to reason about what type of data is being sent to
> > Kafka
> > > > and
> > > > > also makes it hard to share an implementation of the serializer.
> For
> > > > > example, to support Avro, the serialization logic could be quite
> > involved
> > > > > since it might need to register the Avro schema in some remote
> > registry
> > > > and
> > > > > maintain a schema cache locally, etc. Without a serialization api,
> > it's
> > > > > impossible to share such an implementation so that people can
> easily
> > > > reuse.
> > > > > We sort of overlooked this implication during the initial
> discussion
> > of
> > > > the
> > > > > producer api.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks for bringing this up and the patch.  My take on this is that
> > > > any reasoning about the data itself is more appropriately handled
> > > > outside of the core producer API. FWIW, I don't think this was
> > > > _overlooked_ during the initial discussion of the producer API
> > > > (especially since it was a significant change from the old producer).
> > > > IIRC we believed at the time that there is elegance and flexibility
> in
> > > > a simple API that deals with raw bytes. I think it is more accurate
> to
> > > > say that this is a reversal of opinion for some (which is fine) but
> > > > personally I'm still in the old camp :) i.e., I really like the
> > > > simplicity of the current 0.8.2 producer API and find parameterized
> > > > types/generics to be distracting and annoying; and IMO any
> > > > data-specific handling is better absorbed at a higher-level than the
> > > > core Kafka APIs - possibly by a (very thin) wrapper producer library.
> > > > I don't quite see why it is difficult to share different wrapper
> > > > implementations; or even ser-de libraries for that matter that people
> > > > can invoke before sending to/reading from Kafka.
> > > >
> > > > That said I'm not opposed to the change - it's just that I prefer
> > > > what's currently there. So I'm +0 on the proposal.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > >
> > > > Joel
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 05:58:50PM -0800, Jun Rao wrote:
> > > > > Hi, Everyone,
> > > > >
> > > > > I'd like to start a discussion on whether it makes sense to add the
> > > > > serializer api back to the new java producer. Currently, the new
> java
> > > > > producer takes a byte array for both the key and the value. While
> > this
> > > > api
> > > > > is simple, it pushes the serialization logic into the application.
> > This
> > > > > makes it hard to reason about what type of data is being sent to
> > Kafka
> > > > and
> > > > > also makes it hard to share an implementation of the serializer.
> For
> > > > > example, to support Avro, the serialization logic could be quite
> > involved
> > > > > since it might need to register the Avro schema in some remote
> > registry
> > > > and
> > > > > maintain a schema cache locally, etc. Without a serialization api,
> > it's
> > > > > impossible to share such an implementation so that people can
> easily
> > > > reuse.
> > > > > We sort of overlooked this implication during the initial
> discussion
> > of
> > > > the
> > > > > producer api.
> > > > >
> > > > > So, I'd like to propose an api change to the new producer by adding
> > back
> > > > > the serializer api similar to what we had in the old producer.
> > Specially,
> > > > > the proposed api changes are the following.
> > > > >
> > > > > First, we change KafkaProducer to take generic types K and V for
> the
> > key
> > > > > and the value, respectively.
> > > > >
> > > > > public class KafkaProducer<K,V> implements Producer<K,V>
{
> > > > >
> > > > >     public Future<RecordMetadata> send(ProducerRecord<K,V>
record,
> > > > Callback
> > > > > callback);
> > > > >
> > > > >     public Future<RecordMetadata> send(ProducerRecord<K,V>
record);
> > > > > }
> > > > >
> > > > > Second, we add two new configs, one for the key serializer and
> > another
> > > > for
> > > > > the value serializer. Both serializers will default to the byte
> array
> > > > > implementation.
> > > > >
> > > > > public class ProducerConfig extends AbstractConfig {
> > > > >
> > > > >     .define(KEY_SERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, Type.CLASS,
> > > > > "org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.ByteArraySerializer",
> > Importance.HIGH,
> > > > > KEY_SERIALIZER_CLASS_DOC)
> > > > >     .define(VALUE_SERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, Type.CLASS,
> > > > > "org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.ByteArraySerializer",
> > Importance.HIGH,
> > > > > VALUE_SERIALIZER_CLASS_DOC);
> > > > > }
> > > > >
> > > > > Both serializers will implement the following interface.
> > > > >
> > > > > public interface Serializer<T> extends Configurable {
> > > > >     public byte[] serialize(String topic, T data, boolean isKey);
> > > > >
> > > > >     public void close();
> > > > > }
> > > > >
> > > > > This is more or less the same as what's in the old producer. The
> > slight
> > > > > differences are (1) the serializer now only requires a
> parameter-less
> > > > > constructor; (2) the serializer has a configure() and a close()
> > method
> > > > for
> > > > > initialization and cleanup, respectively; (3) the serialize()
> method
> > > > > additionally takes the topic and an isKey indicator, both of which
> > are
> > > > > useful for things like schema registration.
> > > > >
> > > > > The detailed changes are included in KAFKA-1797. For completeness,
> I
> > also
> > > > > made the corresponding changes for the new java consumer api as
> well.
> > > > >
> > > > > Note that the proposed api changes are incompatible with what's in
> > the
> > > > > 0.8.2 branch. However, if those api changes are beneficial, it's
> > probably
> > > > > better to include them now in the 0.8.2 release, rather than later.
> > > > >
> > > > > I'd like to discuss mainly two things in this thread.
> > > > > 1. Do people feel that the proposed api changes are reasonable?
> > > > > 2. Are there any concerns of including the api changes in the 0.8.2
> > final
> > > > > release?
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks,
> > > > >
> > > > > Jun
> > > >
> > > >
> >
> >
>

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