On 10/10/2016 08:42 PM, Pavel Stehule wrote:
2016-10-10 12:31 GMT+02:00 Heikki Linnakangas <hlinn...@iki.fi>:

On 10/01/2016 02:45 AM, Jim Nasby wrote:

On 9/29/16 1:51 PM, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:

Now, back to multi-dimensional arrays. I can see that the Sequence
representation is problematic, with arrays, because if you have a python
list of lists, like [[1, 2]], it's not immediately clear if that's a
one-dimensional array of tuples, or two-dimensional array of integers.
Then again, we do have the type definitions available. So is it really

[[1,2]] is a list of lists...
In [4]: b=[[1,2]]

In [5]: type(b)
Out[5]: list

In [6]: type(b[0])
Out[6]: list

If you want a list of tuples...
In [7]: c=[(1,2)]

In [8]: type(c)
Out[8]: list

In [9]: type(c[0])
Out[9]: tuple

Hmm, so we would start to treat lists and tuples differently? A Python
list would be converted into an array, and a Python tuple would be
converted into a composite type. That does make a lot of sense. The only
problem is that it's not backwards-compatible. A PL/python function that
returns an SQL array of rows, and does that by returning Python list of
lists, it would start failing.

is not possible do decision in last moment - on PL/Postgres interface?
There the expected type should be known.

Unfortunately there are cases that are fundamentally ambiguous.

create type comptype as (intarray int[]);
create function array_return() returns comptype[] as $$
  return [[[[1]]]];
$$ language plpython;

What does the function return? It could be two-dimension array of comptype, with a single-dimension intarray, or a single-dimension comptype, with a two-dimension intarray.

We could resolve it for simpler cases, but not the general case. The simple cases would probably cover most things people do in practice. But if the distinction between a tuple and a list feels natural to Python programmers, I think it would be more clear in the long run to have people adjust their applications.

- Heikki

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