Create custom shard and counter types for Firestore distributed counters

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Create custom shard and counter types for Firestore distributed counters

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Code sample

Go

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"math/rand"
	"strconv"

	"cloud.google.com/go/firestore"
	"google.golang.org/api/iterator"
)

// Counter is a collection of documents (shards)
// to realize counter with high frequency.
type Counter struct {
	numShards int
}

// Shard is a single counter, which is used in a group
// of other shards within Counter.
type Shard struct {
	Count int
}

Python

import random

from google.cloud import firestore


class Shard(object):
    """
    A shard is a distributed counter. Each shard can support being incremented
    once per second. Multiple shards are needed within a Counter to allow
    more frequent incrementing.
    """

    def __init__(self):
        self._count = 0

    def to_dict(self):
        return {"count": self._count}


class Counter(object):
    """
    A counter stores a collection of shards which are
    summed to return a total count. This allows for more
    frequent incrementing than a single document.
    """

    def __init__(self, num_shards):
        self._num_shards = num_shards

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