Sometimes the Avro structure becomes deeply nested.
If in such a scenario you want to be able to set a specific value deep in this tree you want to do this:
The 'problem' I ran into is that any of the 4 get methods can return a null value so the code I have to write is really huge.
For every step in this method I have to build null checks and create the underlying instance if it is null.
I already started writing helper methods to do this for parts of my tree.
To solve this in a way that makes this code readable I came up with the following which I want to propose to you guys (before I start working on a patch).
My idea is to generate a new 'get' method in addition to the existing normal get method for the regular instance of the class.
So in addition to the
I propose to generate something like this as well in the cases where this is a type of structure that you may want to traverse as shown in the example.
This way the automatically created instance immediately has all the defaults I have defined.
Assuming this naming my code will be readable because it will look like this: