Alan Gates updated PIG-734:
Status: Open (was: Patch Available)
> Non-string keys in maps
> Key: PIG-734
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-734
> Project: Pig
> Issue Type: Bug
> Affects Versions: 0.2.0
> Reporter: Alan Gates
> Assignee: Alan Gates
> Priority: Minor
> Fix For: 0.3.0
> Attachments: PIG-734.patch, PIG-734_2.patch
> With the addition of types to pig, maps were changed to allow any atomic type
> to be a key. However, in practice we do not see people using keys other than
> strings. And allowing multiple types is causing us issues in serializing
> data (we have to check what every key type is) and in the design for non-java
> UDFs (since many scripting languages include associative arrays such as
> Perl's hash).
> So I propose we scope back maps to only have string keys. This would be a
> non-compatible change. But I am not aware of anyone using non-string keys,
> so hopefully it would have little or no impact.
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