Alan Gates commented on PIG-928:

Questions that we need to answer to get this patch ready for commit:

1) How do we do type conversion?  The current patch assumes a single string 
input and output.  We'll want to be able to do conversions from scripting 
languages to pig types that make sense.  How this can be done is tied up with 
#2 below.

2) Do we do this using the Bean Scripting Framework or with specific bindings 
for each language?  This patch shows how to do the specific bindings for 
Groovy.  It can be done for Jython, and I'm reasonably sure it can be done for 
JRuby.  The obvious advantage of using the BSF is we get all the languages they 
support for free.  We need to understand the performance costs of each choice.  
We should be able to use the existing patch to test the difference between 
using the BSF and direct Groovy bindings.  Also, it seems like type conversions 
will be much easier to do if we use specific bindings, as we can do explicit 
type mappings for each language.  Perhaps this is possible with BSF, but I'm 
not sure how.

3) Grammer for how to declare these.  I propose that we allow two options:  
inlined in define and file referenced in define.  So these would roughly look 

define myudf ScriptUDF('groovy', 'return input.get(0).split();');
define myudf ScriptUDF('python', myudf.py);

We could also support inlining in the Pig Latin itself, something like:

B = foreach A generate {'groovy', 'return input.get(0).split();');};

I'm not a fan of this type of inlining, as I think it makes the code hard to 

> UDFs in scripting languages
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: PIG-928
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-928
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Alan Gates
>         Attachments: package.zip
> It should be possible to write UDFs in scripting languages such as python, 
> ruby, etc.  This frees users from needing to compile Java, generate a jar, 
> etc.  It also opens Pig to programmers who prefer scripting languages over 
> Java.

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