This class is a lexicoder that sorts a ComparablePair. Each item in the pair is encoded with the given lexicoder and concatenated together. This makes it
easy to construct a sortable key based on two components. There are many examples of this- but a key/value relationship is a great one.
If we decided we wanted a two-component key where the first component is a string and the second component a date which is reverse sorted, we can do so with
the following example:
StringLexicoder stringEncoder = new StringLexicoder();
ReverseLexicoder<Date> dateEncoder = new ReverseLexicoder<Date>(new DateLexicoder());
PairLexicoder<String,Date> pairLexicoder = new PairLexicoder<String,Date>(stringEncoder, dateEncoder);
byte pair1 = pairLexicoder.encode(new ComparablePair<String,Date>("com.google", new Date()));
byte pair2 = pairLexicoder.encode(new ComparablePair<String,Date>("com.google", new Date(System.currentTimeMillis() + 500)));
byte pair3 = pairLexicoder.encode(new ComparablePair<String,Date>("org.apache", new Date(System.currentTimeMillis() + 1000)));
In the example, pair2 will be sorted before pair1. pair3 will occur last since 'org' is sorted after 'com'. If we just used a
, pair1 would have been sorted before pair2.