Database, question about storing arrays adding an "id" field


So, I've been using webOS a long, long time, and I've never really had a need to store an array of objects, inside the database, as far as I can recall. I've recently had a need to do that, and I've noticed that the database adds an "_id" field to every object inside the array.

So, like

luna://com.webos.service.db/merge '{"objects":[{"_id":"KfqHoZlz3KF","test":[{"name":"TestName"}]}'

when I query that back, I get

"test": [{ "_id":"2f3", "name":"TestName" }]

Anyone happen to know if this is documented anywhere, or what the specific reason for it is? I can't recall ever running into it before. It's not a problem, just something I wasn't aware of, and am curious about.


Hey Eric,
I have no idea if you were pasting actual code or pseudo, but that luna service call doesn't have harmonized open/closing brackets: 3x { & 2x }, 2x [ & 1x ]
...maybe that helps?


i didn't paste it from a command prompt, i just retyped a quick example. Yeah, you're right, I'm missing a bracket at the end.

I'm just curious what the extra id field inside the arrays is for. I assume there's a reason for it, but it wouldn't surprise me if no one can recall a specific. :smiley:


Under the DB8 section on the Architecture page, it explains that “the structure of [a] key-value store” is how the database supports data storing and retrieving. When you add an array, the DB adds _id as a key for the array objects so it can easily reference them when storing and retrieving.


Interesting. I wonder if that means I can directly access an object inside an array, using it's _id property, exactly as if it were a top-level object?

I guess there's one way to find out. :smiley: