Dmitriy V. Ryaboy commented on PIG-893:

+1 for string->numeric conversion via casting.  

> support cast of chararray to other simple types
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: PIG-893
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-893
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Thejas M Nair
> Pig should support casting of chararray to 
> integer,long,float,double,bytearray. If the conversion fails for reasons such 
> as overflow, cast should return null and log a warning.

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