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From Bryan Duxbury <>
Subject Re: recursive datatypes
Date Tue, 04 Aug 2009 17:05:13 GMT
Up to this point we have avoided it, and it's not on the roadmap.  
There have been a few discussions in the past about why we haven't  
done this to date.

If someone wanted to tackle this feature, the first thing that would  
need to be done is to make the compiler ok with references to structs  
that don't appear before them lexically. From there it probably  
wouldn't be too much of challenge. Maybe David or someone else with a  
deeper sense can chime in?


On Aug 4, 2009, at 9:50 AM, Samir Mulder wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been using Thrift for over a year now and love it. It has  
> really increased my productivity in rolling out distributes services.
> But the project I'm working on now needs a feature I haven't needed  
> before and Thrift does not seem to support it. And that is  
> recursion in a datatype. The example is that of a folder with  
> subfolders:
> struct Folder
> {
>   1: some data....
>   2: list<Folder> subfolders
> }
> The compiler does not allow this since the type 'Folder' is not yet  
> defined when it reaches the 'subfolders' item.
> For this particular project allowing recursion is critical. Google  
> Protocol Buffers supports it but I don't really want to switch to  
> that this late in the game.
> Any ideas on how to work around this? Is something like this  
> planned for a future release?
> Thanks.
> Samir

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