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[jira] [Created] (ARROW-3896) Decouple MATLAB-Arrow conversion logic from Feather file specific logic


Kevin Gurney created ARROW-3896:
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             Summary: Decouple MATLAB-Arrow conversion logic from Feather file specific logic
                 Key: ARROW-3896
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ARROW-3896
             Project: Apache Arrow
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: MATLAB
            Reporter: Kevin Gurney
             Fix For: 0.13.0


Currently, the logic for converting between a MATLAB mxArray and various Arrow data structures (arrow::Table, arrow::Array, etc.) is tightly coupled and fairly tangled up with the logic specific to handling Feather files. It would be helpful to factor out these conversions into a more generic "mlarrow" conversion layer component so that it can be reused in the future for use cases other than Feather support. Furthermore, this would be helpful to enforce a cleaner separation of concerns.

It would be nice to start off with this refactoring work up front before adding support for more datatypes to the MATLAB featherread/featherwrite functions, so that we can start off with a clean base upon which to expand moving forward.



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