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From "Felix Neutatz (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (FLINK-7029) Documentation for WindowFunction is confusing
Date Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:45:00 GMT
Felix Neutatz created FLINK-7029:

             Summary: Documentation for WindowFunction is confusing
                 Key: FLINK-7029
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLINK-7029
             Project: Flink
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Documentation
            Reporter: Felix Neutatz
            Priority: Trivial


in the [example of the WindowFunction in the documentation|https://ci.apache.org/projects/flink/flink-docs-release-1.3/dev/windows.html#windowfunction---the-generic-case]
we use WindowFunction<Tuple<String, Long>, String, String, TimeWindow>. That means
that our key data-type is a String. For me, this is highly confusing, since we can only have
a String data type for the key, if we implement a custom key selector. Usually people, especially
beginners, will use something like keyBy(ID), keyBy("attributeName"), which will always return
a tuple e.g. a Tuple1<String>. It would be great if somebody could change this to a
tuple key type in  the example. I am sure this might help beginners to understand that by
default the key type is a tuple.

Moreover, another suggestion would be that we overwrite keyBy() in a way that if we just get
one attribute, we return this type directly instead of wrapping it in a Tuple1.

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