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Jay Hacker 2013-04-12, 19:15
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Re: Primitive type aliases
Aliases are used for for type names (records, enums, & fixed) and field
names.  Also, I don't think aliases are implemented in Python.

You could define a Date record with a single string and use it.  Records
have no storage overhead, so this will result in the same serialized form
as a string field.  If you don't want the nested structure in memory, then
perhaps we should consider an "inline" schema annotation.  This might look

{"type":"record", "name":"Date", "inline":true, "fields":[{"name":"value",
{"type":"record", "name":"Test", "fields":[{"name":"date", "type":"Date"}]}

Then the Python implementation might be altered so that when it reads an
inline record with a single field then it returns the value of that single
field, and similarly accepts a value of the field on write.  This would be
a representation-hint to the runtime, and would not affect the schema
language or serialization so should be completely compatible.



On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM, Jay Hacker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I'd like to be able to alias primitive types, for example to indicate that
> a field of type "date" is really a string that I should treat specially.
> The spec says "Named types and fields may have aliases," which suggests it
> ought to work ("string" is a named type...).
> I don't really know how to express an alias for a primitive, but things
> like this:
> {
>     "type": "record",
>     "name": "alias-test",
>     "fields": [
>         {"name": "start", "type": {"type": "string", "aliases": ["date"]}},
>         {"name": "end",   "type": "date"}
>     ]
> }
> don't work (at least not in the Python 1.7.4 implementation: 'Type
> property "date" not a valid Avro schema').  How can I alias a primitive
> type, and if not, why not?
> Thanks.
Jeremy Kahn 2013-04-12, 21:22
Doug Cutting 2013-04-12, 21:35
Jay Hacker 2013-04-15, 16:03
Doug Cutting 2013-04-15, 16:26