On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM, Merlin Moncure <mmoncure(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Joey Adams <joeyadams3(dot)14159(at)gmail(dot)com>
> > On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM, Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
> >> Hi hackers
> >> After playing around with array_to_json() and row_to_json() functions a
> >> bit it I have a question - why do we even have 2 variants *_to_json()
> > Here's the discussion where that decision was made:
> > http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-hackers/2012-01/msg01339.php
> > To quote:
> >>>> why not call all these functions 'to_json' and overload them?
> >>> I don't honestly feel that advances clarity much. And we might want to
> overload each at some stage with options that are specific to the datum
> type. We have various foo_to_xml() functions now.
> >> -1
> >> older proposal is more consistent with xml functions
> > The most compelling argument I see here is the one about options
> > specific to the datum type.
> I don't find that to be particularly compelling at all. to_timestamp
> for example supports multiple argument versions depending on the input
> > * If the JSON type does not yet support, say, converting from a
> > number, it will be apparent from the names and types of the functions,
> > rather than being a hidden surprise. On the other hand, array_to_json
> > and composite_to_json already convert ANY values to JSON, so this
> > doesn't matter, anyway.
I am away from base on a consulting assignment all this week, so my
connectivity and time are severely limited, and I don't have time to
respond in depth.
Let me just point out two things. First, we are approaching a beta release.
The time for changing this is long since gone, IMNSHO.
Second, RFC 4627 is absolutely clear: a valid JSON value can only be an
object or an array, so this thing about converting arbitrary datum values
to JSON is a fantasy. If anything, we should adjust the JSON input routines
to disallow anything else, rather than start to output what is not valid
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