On Fri, Feb/ 2/07 02:17:51AM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> "Pavel Stehule" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > you can identify type via operator OF.
> > IF a IS OF INTEGER THEN
> > RAISE NOTICE 'Parametr a is numeric';
> Yeah, that is the SQL-standard syntax, but I think our implementation
> doesn't work the way Kate would like: if "a" is an ANYELEMENT function
> parameter then (I think) only IS OF ANYELEMENT would succeed. Would it
> conform to the SQL spec for the test to "look through" ANYELEMENT to the
> actual parameter type? Would it be reasonably implementable to do that?
Well, actually, I discussed this on IRC with Pavel, and for the above I
have syntax error at or near "INTEGER". My guess was that the grammar
changed as an unintentional side-effect of some other change. He corrected
his suggestion: OF takes a list of types; it needs parentheses:
IF a IS OF (INTEGER) THEN
This operator would look wonderful for my particular needs, were it not
that it has completely different semantics! It appears to test to see
what a datum actually *is* (in my case TEXT), rather than what it may
be parsed as (in my case, INTEGER).
Meanwhile, I still think the function David proposed is a worthy
addition (and I still have a user-case for it!), as using just the OF
operator for something similar, one would have to explictly test
against every type required.
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