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Re: variadic function support

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-patches <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: variadic function support
Date: 2008-07-04 09:05:35
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On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 15:13 +0200, Pavel Stehule wrote:

> this patch enhance current syntax of CREATE FUNCTION statement. It
> allows creating functions with variable number of arguments. This
> version is different than last my patches. It doesn't need patching
> PL. Basic idea is transformation of real arguments (related to
> declared variadic argument) to array. All changes are mostly in
> parser.

Something for the TODO.

An added thought with regard to variadic functions:

when we have them, we should be able to parse/transform repeated
operator sequences into a call to a variadic function, if it exists.

e.g. w || x || y || z can be transformed into a call to 
concat_variadic(w, x, y, z) 

This can then be made to perform better than

concat(concat(concat(w, x), y), z)

which would involve lots of wasted memory copies.

 Simon Riggs 
 PostgreSQL Training, Services and Support

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