The idea of converting a JSONB array to a PG array is appealing and would
potentially be more general-purpose than adding a new unnest. I'm not sure
how feasible either suggestion is.
I will say that I think the current state of affairs is gratuitously
verbose and expects users to memorize a substantial number of long function
names to perform simple tasks.
On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 2:06 PM, David G. Johnston <
> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 4:34 PM, David Fetter <da...@fetter.org> wrote:
>> While querying some JSONB blobs at work in preparation for a massive
>> rework of the data infrastructure, I ran into things that really
>> puzzled me, to wit:
>> SELECT * FROM unnest('["a","b","c"]'::jsonb);
>> ERROR: function unnest(jsonb) does not exist
>> SELECT * FROM jsonb_array_elements('["a","b","c"]'::jsonb);
>> (3 rows)
> I'd be inclined to -1 such a proposal. TIMTOWTDI is not a principle that
> we endeavor to emulate.
> Having an overloaded form: <unnest(jsonb) : setof jsonb> is unappealing.
> While likely not that common the introduction of an ambiguity makes raises
> the bar considerably.
> That said we do seem to be lacking any easy way to take a json array and
> attempt to convert it directly into a PostgreSQL array. Just a conversion
> is not always going to succeed though the capability seems worthwhile if as
> yet unasked for. The each->convert->array_agg pattern works but is likely
> inefficient for homogeneous json array cases.
> David J.
Peter van Hardenberg
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