Confused about storing arrays in a custom property

Pete pete at
Sun Aug 21 14:35:44 EDT 2011

Thanks Richard, writing to a file (an sqlite database actually) is exactly
what I want to do.

However, I'm running into a problem with this.  I believe I have written the
data correctly to the database as a BLOB column, but when I read it back
from the database and use arraydecode to make it into an array again, I get
a runtime error that just names the line and character with no indication of
what the error is.

Here's what I do to put the data into the db and retrieve it.

Updating the DB:
*put* "UPDATE qdProperties SET qdPropertyValue=CAST (:1 AS BLOB) WHERE
qdPropertyID=5304" into mySQL
revExecuteSQL 1,mySQL,"*bmyencodedarrayinput"

Getting the data back again:

*put* revQueryDatabase(1,"SELECT qdPropertyValue FROM qdProperties WHERE
qdPropertyID=5304") into myRset
*put* revDatabaseColumnNamed(myRset,"qdPropertyValue") intomyencodedarrayoutput
*put* arraydecode(myencodedarrayoutput) into myNewArray

It's that last line of code that throws the run time error.

I'm pretty sure the runtime error is because the binary data that comes back
from the db is not a valid encoded array but I have not used BLOB data in
dbs before so not sure if what I am doing is the correct way to
store/retrieve it.  If anyone has experience with this, would be grateful
for some input.


Molly's Revenge <>

On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM, Richard Gaskin
<ambassador at>wrote:

> Pete wrote:
>> Next issue is using combine and split with multidimensional arrays.  It
>> seems like they only work for a single dimension array.  I guess to use
>> them
>> with multidimensional arrays, you have to apply them to each level of
>> array
>> key?  Maybe a recursive function of some sort?
> Split and combine translate data to and from simple delimited lists, and
> since lists aren't hierarchical by nature there is no meaningful action that
> can be performed with those commands on multi-level data.
> If the goal is to store an array on disk for later use, see the arrayEncode
> and arrayDecode functions.
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