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From "Alessandro Presta (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (GIRAPH-240) Our vertices shouldn't accept null ids or values
Date Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:09:34 GMT


Alessandro Presta commented on GIRAPH-240:

Thinking about it a bit more, it could be ok to use null as "not yet assigned value" of a
mutable vertex.
I suppose null vertex ids should never be allowed, though.
> Our vertices shouldn't accept null ids or values
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: GIRAPH-240
>                 URL:
>             Project: Giraph
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: graph
>            Reporter: Alessandro Presta
>            Assignee: Alessandro Presta
> I may be missing something, but I don't understand why HashMapVertex and EdgeListVertex
(and possibly others) check for null vertexId and vertexValue instead of complaining.
> Shouldn't each vertex be forced to have an id and a value? It's a source of potential
bugs (see the serialization code that has to check for null and read/write a boolean flag)
and I don't see the logic.
> If one doesn't want vertex/edge values at all there's always NullWritable.

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