Multidimensional Array Mapping

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Multidimensional Array Map

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These functions show how you can accomplish the equivalent of the perl map command on a multi-dimensional array.


Note that this function doesn't generically map, it just shows you could could do it.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION tools.parameter_replace(
    p_templates text[]
    , p_parameters text[][]
  ) RETURNS text[] LANGUAGE plpgsql IMMUTABLE AS $body$
  i INT;
  v_slice text[];
  v_return text[];
   * This function works by handling only the 1st dimension of an array. It iterates through
   * all the first dimension elements. If the array is already only 1 dimension it just calls
   * the non-array version of parameter_replace(); otherwise it calls itself with each element.
   * In that case, it will be passing itself another array, but one that has one less dimension.
  RAISE DEBUG 'p_templates=%', p_templates;
  FOR i IN array_lower( p_templates, 1 ) .. array_upper( p_templates, 1 )
    -- If this is a one dimensional array then just call parameter_replace on each element
    IF array_ndims( p_templates ) = 1 THEN
      v_return[i] := tools.parameter_replace( p_templates[i], p_parameters );
      -- Grab the next slice in our array and reduce it's dimension count by one before recursing with it
      v_slice := tools.parameter_replace(
                            tools.array_reduce_dimensions( p_templates[i:i] )
                            , p_parameters
      -- We have to resort to this because v_return[i:i] generates a syntax error and v_return[i] is the wrong number of dimensions
      IF i = array_lower( p_templates, 1 ) THEN
        v_return := array[ v_slice ];
        v_return := v_return || v_slice;
      END IF;
      RAISE DEBUG 'i=%, v_slice=%, v_return=%', i, v_slice, v_return;
    END IF;
  RETURN v_return;

This is the required array_reduce_dimensions function. Note that you will need to replace %type% with every array type you want to use this with.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION tools.array_reduce_dimensions(
  , 'p_array %type%[]'
  , '%type%[]
  ) RETURNS %type%[] LANGUAGE sql IMMUTABLE AS $body$
SELECT tools.regexp_replace(
    $1::text -- Convert input array to text
    , array[
        array[ '^{', '' ] -- Remove leading {
        , array[ '}$', '' ] -- Remove trailing }
    , NULL
  )::%type%[] -- Cast back to an array

Finally, this is the non-array version of tools.parameter_replace. You only need this if you want to try the array version above as-is.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION tools.parameter_replace(
      p_template      text
      , p_parameters  text[][]
  ) RETURNS text LANGUAGE plpgsql IMMUTABLE AS $body$
  v_name text := 'tools.parameter_replace';
  v_out text := p_template;
  /* You'd need the Enova Tools assert framework for this
  PERFORM tools.assert( p_template IS NOT NULL, 'p_template must not be NULL' );
  PERFORM tools.assert( p_parameters IS NOT NULL, 'p_parameters must not be NULL' );
  PERFORM tools.assert( array_lower( p_parameters, 2 ) = 1, 'Lower bound of second dimension of p_parameters must be 1' );
  PERFORM tools.assert( array_upper( p_parameters, 2 ) = 2, 'Upper bound of second dimension of p_parameters must be 2' );
  FOR i IN array_lower( p_parameters, 1 ) .. array_upper( p_parameters, 1 ) LOOP
    RAISE DEBUG '%: Replacing % with %', v_name, '%' || p_parameters[i][1] || '%', p_parameters[i][2];
    v_out := REPLACE( v_out, '%' || p_parameters[i][1] || '%', p_parameters[i][2] );
  RETURN v_out;
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