In this post, we are going to discuss how we can retrieve distinct values from an array of records. We will be able to achieve this using the Distinct Values function.
To build this demo, we will need a sample file and schema. Within the SampleFiles.zip attachment in this post you will find a sample message and a schema that can be used for both the Source and Destination. Within this file, you will notice that we have two instances of the value 12. We would like have a distinct list of values and subsequently exclude one of these 12s.
Within the SampleFiles.zipfile we will discover a sample schema that we can use for both our source and destination schema. When we add our source and destination schemas we now need to configure our map. Expand your destination so that it looks like the following image and then add all your source elements.
The way our solution works is that you need to establish a loop that will transfer all the records from the source to the destination.
If we test our map at this point, we will see all of our records come across.
We now want to add our Distinct Values function but want to add it to our existing loop. The way to do this is by clicking on the + sign on our loop like the following.
In the Functions panel, search for Distince Values and click on it.
Expand the Distinc Values function. you should see <ArrayItem> is already mapped to Collection. We now need to drag value to Collation.
Click Generate so that the underlying XSLT file can be created which is used by the Test experience.
We can test our map using the sample file (SampleArrayMessage.json) found in the SampleFiles.zip
Our output should reflect the following. Notice, we only have one value of 12.
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