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Subject [jira] [Commented] (PHOENIX-4237) Allow sorting on (Java) collation keys for non-English locales
Date Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:37:00 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on PHOENIX-4237:

Github user JamesRTaylor commented on a diff in the pull request:
    --- Diff: phoenix-core/src/main/java/org/apache/phoenix/expression/function/
    @@ -0,0 +1,233 @@
    +package org.apache.phoenix.expression.function;
    +import java.sql.SQLException;
    +import java.text.Collator;
    +import java.util.Arrays;
    +import java.util.List;
    +import java.util.Locale;
    +import org.apache.commons.lang.BooleanUtils;
    +import org.apache.commons.logging.Log;
    +import org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.expression.Expression;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.parse.FunctionParseNode;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.tuple.Tuple;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PBoolean;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PDataType;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PInteger;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PIntegerArray;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PUnsignedIntArray;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PVarbinary;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PVarchar;
    +import org.apache.phoenix.schema.types.PhoenixArray;
    +import com.force.db.i18n.LinguisticSort;
    +import com.force.i18n.LocaleUtils;
    + * A Phoenix Function that calculates a collation key for an input string based
    + * on a caller-provided locale and collator strength and decomposition settings.
    + * 
    + * It uses the open-source grammaticus and i18n packages to obtain the collators
    + * it needs.
    --- End diff --
    We should include more comments here. In particular, what sort order will we get? Does
this mimic some other databases behavior (i.e. Oracle)? Does it deviate from that at all?
Does Oracle follow some standard that we could point to?
    Also, please make sure to budget time to update our online reference manual:
This lives in phoenix.csv in our SVN repo as described here:

> Allow sorting on (Java) collation keys for non-English locales
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: PHOENIX-4237
>                 URL:
>             Project: Phoenix
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Shehzaad Nakhoda
>             Fix For: 4.12.0
> Strings stored via Phoenix can be composed from a subset of the entire set of Unicode
characters. The natural sort order for strings for different languages often differs from
the order dictated by the binary representation of the characters of these strings. Java provides
the idea of a Collator which given an input string and a (language) locale can generate a
Collation Key which can then be used to compare strings in that natural order.
> Salesforce has recently open-sourced grammaticus. IBM has open-sourced ICU4J some time
ago. These technologies can be combined to provide a robust new Phoenix function that can
be used in an ORDER BY clause to sort strings according to the user's locale.

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