Class Test.Person Extends (%Persistent, %XML.Adaptor)
Property Name As %String; 
Property Id As %Integer [ Identity ]; 

This is not possible today, but happens to be something due for 2020.4 or 2021.1 in the form of expression indices.

The documentation may be slightly confusing here as the BuildValueArray() mechanism applies to non-collection properties and not "array of" or "list of" properties. The section that describes it just happens to be placed right after the section describing how to use the ELEMENTS trick to index them in their entirety. Note that you can use BuildValueArray() for %ArrayOfObjects properties, but those aren't projected as a child table.

A possible workaround would be through a separate property that's just there as an intermediary for your index:

Property AR As array Of Sample.Address;
Property AllStates As %String [ Calculated, ReadOnly, SqlComputeCode = {set {*} = {%%ID}}, SqlComputed ];
Index AllStatesIDX On AllStates(ELEMENTS);
ClassMethod AllStatesBuildValueArray(value, ByRef valueArray) As %Status
  kill valueArray
  set tObj = ..%OpenId(value), tKey = ""
  for {
    set tAddress = tObj.AR.GetNext(.tKey)
    set valueArray(tKey) = tAddress.State
  quit $$$OK

Then you can include it in queries:

select * from sample.person where FOR SOME %ELEMENT(AllStates) (%VALUE = 'KY')

Hi David, maybe you can elaborate a little more on the particular latency challenge you faced?

As Dmitriy mentioned, sharding will spread your data and corresponding query workload across multiple nodes in order to achieve higher efficiencies on very large datasets and is especially fit for read-mostly workloads. ECP, when used in a typical application server setup, is meant to distribute user-bound workload across multiple servers, so serving a slightly different goal. Depending on your use case, either of those (or a combination of them) can be more appropriate. See also this overview and introductory video for more info.

if that column is currently in a string format (you can tell from the column/resultset metadata), you can use a different pattern to check if it meets the raw format:

SELECT CASE WHEN '01/01/2020' %PATTERN '1.2N1"/"1.2N1"/"4N' THEN 'valid' ELSE 'invalid' END

if you also want to check if that resolves to a valid date, you can use CAST or TO_DATE, but those will throw errors if they don't resolve to a valid date, so a small custom function in ObjectScript is perhaps not a bad idea

Depends on how you're set up. There is a setting to allow specifying those values that is meant for this type of bulk load scenario.

@Daniel Buxton : the multi-row insert syntax you're asking about is currently not supported by IRIS SQL (as you figured by now :-)). Robert's approach using UNION all is a creative workaround, but depending on where your big INSERT is coming from you might also just be able to generate / rewrite it into separate INSERTs? Once you have that in place, you can use the SQL Shell's RUN command or the ObjectScript $SYSTEM.SQL.DDLImport() method to execute your script file.

and if you prefer something more database-independent, you can use the standard INFORMATION_SCHEMA package:


FWIW, you can just put as many conditions as you want in the same SQL query. InterSystems IRIS includes an excellent SQL optimizer that will consider all the conditions (and other clauses) in your query and decide on the most efficient path to access the data.

Hi Darko,

LONGVARCHAR is actually storing the text as a stream, so to make LIKE work, you'll need to convert it to a string, e.g. using SUBSTRING(), in the expression you're serving to the LIKE operator. The following works fine for me:

SELECT SUBSTRING(text, 1, 999999) FROM table WHERE SUBSTRING(text, 1, 9999999) LIKE '%abc%'

This looks a little clumsy, but streams are really meant for huge data that wouldn't fit in a VARCHAR. Note that you can get a massive amount of text in VARCHAR (%String) columns these days, so maybe that's worth considering.

Separately, when working with iFind, that'll provide faster search results and it also transparently takes care of the stream aspect.