Oven in the "JSON[B] arrays are second-class citizens" thread [1] I made
the observation that the only way to get a PostgreSQL array from a JSON
array is via the "elements->cast->array_agg" chain.  For JSON arrays that
are homogeneous in nature the capability to go "directly" from JSON to
json[], text[], bigint[], etc... seems like it would have some value.

A couple, so far, of community members have chimed in.  Maybe this ends up
on a ToDo somewhere but for the moment I figured I'd float the idea on its
own thread since the other one is really about a different (though somewhat
related) topic.

In the spirit of the json_populate_record like functions something with the
following signature seems usable:

as_array(anyarray, jsonb) : anyarray  [2]

so that actual calls look like:

SELECT as_array(null::text[], '["a", "b", "c"]'::jsonb)

For better or worse while every table gets a corresponding composite type
explicitly created types cannot be treated as row types in this situation

SELECT jsonb_populate_record(null::text[], '["a", "b", "c"]'::jsonb)
> ERROR: first argument of jsonb_populate_record must be a row type

Loosening the restriction and allowing jsonb_populate_record to fulfill the
role of the above described "as_array" function would be something to
consider, but likely not possible or worth any effort in trying to make

David J.


[2] ROTQ[3] - whose idea was it to put the type first and the data second?

[3] Rhetorical Off-Topic Question

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