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querying objects and list fields
I'm building up a set of classes (objectinspectors and serdes) to allow
hive queries over some data files I have. While I'm making it work, I don't
fully grok all the concepts involved.
Right now I've got 2 questions.

I'm able to make queries like this (this is the first syntax I tried to
query into what I know are lists of objects, is it the best way?):
select messageId,lastmodifiedDate,contexts[1].conceptId from MessageData
LIMIT 5; and get the conceptId of the first context element in the first 5
rows/ (my messagedata contexts field is a list of context objects;)
select messageId,lastmodifiedDate,contexts.conceptId from MessageData LIMIT
5; and get the conceptId of all the context elements in the first 5 rows

but I can't make a query like this

select messageId,lastmodifiedDate,count(contexts) LIMIT 5;

Is there a different syntax to query the length of that list of objects?
Also, currently when you query
select messageId, lastmodifiedDate,contexts LIMIT 1; you get a fully
expanded representation of all of the contexts for 1 row back. What I'd
really like is for that query to just return the list of contextIds (as if
the query had been contexts.contextId), but then to be able to query down
into the contexts like above. Is there some way my ObjectInspector could
respond to

select messageId, lastmodifiedDate,contexts;  as if it were select
messageId,lastmodifiedDate.contexts.contextId
but also still respond correctly to
select messageId. lastmodifiedDate.contexts.conceptId
?

Thanks for the help,
Lauren
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Dean Wampler 2013-01-25, 13:45
NEW: Monitor These Apps!
elasticsearch, apache solr, apache hbase, hadoop, redis, casssandra, amazon cloudwatch, mysql, memcached, apache kafka, apache zookeeper, apache storm, ubuntu, centOS, red hat, debian, puppet labs, java, senseiDB