On Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 03:24:26PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Gregory Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > "Tom Lane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> >> CREATE ARRAY TYPE FOR foo
> > I also made a suggestion along the way that we never create array
> > types automatically except for domains.
> That seems awfully strange, not to mention very
> non-backwards-compatible since it exactly reverses what happens now.
> I'd be willing to consider it if a domain were a zero-cost addition
> to the equation, but it is not --- every operation on a domain has
> to check to see if there are constraints to enforce. You shouldn't
> have to buy into that overhead to have an array.
The way I see the big picture, complex types, arrays and domains
should all compose without limit, as in arrays of domains of complex
types, etc. The SQL standard even has something like our SETOF (which
should probably be called BAGOF, but let's not go there just now ;) in
the form of MULTISET, and that, too, should eventually be in the above
I'm not advocating the idea that people should *store* those
compositions--if it were just up to me, I'd disallow it--but they're
very handy for input and output :)
David Fetter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> http://fetter.org/
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