JSON returns Column Names separately from the Rows

I have a REST API that returns something like the following:


When I refer to jsonPath($, “entity.items[*]”) it gives me columns as an array of columns and the rows are an array of rows.

How can I parse this so that I can map it to a Mapper to put into SQL?


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Hi @Garrett

Probably, you should try with JSON Splitter Snap, and try to split the arrays containing the values/fields that you want to map further.

Spiro Taleski

pull out two arrays separately using a mapper 1) entity.items.columnNames 2) entiy.items.rows and then map the values.


If I captured your input data correctly, this attached pipeline should help get you started:

Community.9525.slp (4.8 KB)

The mapper combines the Array map() method with the sl.zipObject() method to bring the column names and row values together in an object array. The following splitter will flatten the data for your SQL Insert.

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This looks really good and looks like the solution. I am getting an error and it is probably because I’m slightly off on the object above.

Failure: Expecting object for JSON-Path field reference ‘entity’, found: null, Reason: Expecting object for JSON-Path field reference ‘entity’, found: null, Resolution: Change the path to refer to an object

It really is:

When I refer to anything in there though I have always used $entity as you did so I am not understanding why it isn’t doing the reference properly.

I added a first splitter to get:
jsonPath($, “entity.items[*]”) this then let:

the Mapper Object see columnNames and rows in the Input Schema on the left which when I just connect the JSON output to the mapper there was nothing showing in the Input Schema.

It looks good now but the Json Splitter isn’t returning anything and hence the mapper. No errors. No output.

I got it.

I had to do the splitter first and get [rows] and [columns]
then I was able to modify the sl.ZipObject slightly from your original to:
jsonPath(, "rows[*]").map(x=>sl.zipObject(jsonPath(, “columnNames[*]”),x))

It was like it couldn’t reference it from the entity level.

Ok well… Here’s another issue.
That export works great as long as the field names are unique in the output of the JSON.
But if they are the same it fails and there is no way I can think of to remedy that issue.

so this is really weird but in the API we are calling from it returns subtables inside the output of the parent table example.

select ,child. from parent

  • gives all the fields of the parent and child.* gives all from the child.
    There is no way that I can think of with that splitter method to name the columns uniquely since I really do need to give them unique names.

I wouldn’t mind if I was able to get the columns ordinally or have it append some kind of index to the field. say id,id_1,id_2.
Put I haven’t been able to figure that out.


Please find the attached sample pipeline containing the expression that you can use to append an index to the object keys.

SL_Community_1_2021_02_28.slp (4.7 KB)

Hope that will helps!