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From Chris D <>
Subject Re: Indexing document instances and retrieving instance attributes
Date Thu, 11 Aug 2005 19:41:27 GMT
On 8/11/05, Otis Gospodnetic <> wrote:
> > So I've decided I'm going to simply have empty fields, and that
> > brought up several other questions.
> >
> > First, is there a limit on the number of fields per document?
> I don't think so.
> > Secondly why are fields in Document implemented with a Vector instead
> > of a HashSet or similar? Wouldn't retrieval be faster without
> > iterating through a list?
> Field order may be important.  Maybe it could be done with Lists
> instead of Vectors, though.

> > Lastly how difficult (or possible) is it to do something like extend
> > the Document class to have the functionality I want?
> I'm not sure, I never had to do it.  I see the class is final, so you
> won't be able to extend it.  Maybe the final modifier could be removed,
> if you present a good use case.

Well in my case field order is important, but the order of the
individual fields isn't. So I can speed up getFields to roughly O(1)
by implementing Document as follows. (I think add() takes a bit of a
hit as a result)

  Hashtable fields = new Hashtable();
  private float boost = 1.0f;

  public final void add(Field field) {
    } else {
    	LinkedList al = new LinkedList();

  public final void removeField(String name) {
  public final void removeFields(String name) {

  public final Field getField(String name) {
    	return ((LinkedList)(fields.get(name))).getFirst();
    return null;

  public final String get(String name) {
		return ((Field)((LinkedList)(fields.get(name))).getFirst()).stringValue();
    return null;

  /** Returns an Enumeration of all the fields in a document. */
  public final Enumeration fields() {
	//This one is a little harder.
    return ((Vector)fields).elements();

   public final Field[] getFields(String name) {
     List result = (LinkedList)(fields.get(name));
     if (result.size() == 0)
       return null;
     return (Field[])result.toArray(new Field[result.size()]);

  public final String[] getValues(String name) {
    List result = new ArrayList();
	Field[] arr = getFields(name);
    for (int i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {
      Field field = arr[i];
      if (!field.isBinary())
    if (result.size() == 0)
      return null;
    return (String[])result.toArray(new String[result.size()]);

(I missed some functions because I got tired and it's nearing the end
of the day.) This doesn't solve the original problem of having to have
empty string playing placeholder but at least it would lessen the pain
a bit.


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