Array Module

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This XQuery Module contains functions for manipulating arrays, which will officially be introduced with XQuery 3.1.
Please note that the functions are subject to change until the specification has reached its final stage.


All functions in this module are assigned to the namespace, which is statically bound to the array prefix.



Signatures array:size($input as array(*)) as xs:integer
Summary Returns the number of members in the supplied array. Note that because an array is an item, the fn:count function when applied to an array always returns 1.
  • array:size([1 to 10]) returns 10.
  • array:size(array { 1 to 10 }) returns 10.


Signatures array:append($array as array(*), $insert as item()*) as array(*)
Summary Adds one member at the end of the array. The result is an array whose size is array:size($array) + 1, in which all members in positions 1 to array:size($array) are the same as the members in the corresponding position of $array, and the member in position array:size($array) + 1 is $insert.
  • array:append([], 'member1') returns the array ["member1"].


Signatures array:subarray($array as array(*), $start as xs:integer) as array(*)
array:subarray($array as array(*), $start as xs:integer, $length as xs:integer) as array(*)
Summary Gets an array containing all members from a supplied array starting at a supplied position, up to a specified length.
The two-argument version of the function returns the same result as the three-argument version when called with $length equal to the value of array:size($array) - $start + 1.
  • array:append([], 'member1') returns the array ["member1"].


Signatures map:serialize($input as map(*)) as xs:string
Summary This function is specific to BaseX. It returns a string representation of the supplied array. The purpose of this function is to get an insight into the structure of an array item; it cannot necessarily be used for reconstructing the original array.
  • array:serialize([ 1, (2, 3), 4 to 6 ]) returns [1, (2, 3), (4, 5, 6)].


Introduced with Version 8.0.