Defining a Map

A map represents a list of key-value pairs. The following types of maps exist:

  • simple. This type of maps can be used with the functions MAP (see appendix MAP) and REPLACEMAP (see appendix REPLACEMAP).

  • i18n. This type of maps represents internationalization configurations referring to specific locations. Some examples of parameters configured through these files are: symbols used as decimal, date format, etc.

    Virtual DataPort has i18n maps for the most common internationalization settings and these maps cannot be replaced or deleted. However, you can create new ones.

    See section Internationalization for more details about the internationalization features of Virtual DataPort.

To create maps use the statement CREATE MAP. You have to specify the type of the map (I18N or SIMPLE), the map name and the list of key-value pairs that form the map.

Syntax of the CREATE MAP statement
CREATE MAP { I18N | SIMPLE } <name:identifier>
    ( [<name:literal> = <value:literal>]+ ) )

The following example creates the simple map currency_codes, which maps some of the ISO 4217 currency codes to its name.

Creation of a map of type simple
CREATE MAP SIMPLE currency_codes (
    'AED' = 'United Arab Emirates dirham'
    'AFN' = 'Afghan afghani'
    'ALL' = 'Albanian lek'
    'AMD' = 'Armenian dram'
    'ANG' = 'Netherlands Antillean guilder'
    'AOA' = 'Angolan kwanza'
    'ARS' = 'Argentine peso'
    'AUD' = 'Australian dollar'
    'AWG' = 'Aruban florin'
    'AZN' = 'Azerbaijani manat '
    'BAM' = 'Bosnia and Herzegovina'

Virtual DataPort establishes a dependency between the custom maps you create and the views that use them.

If a user tries to delete a map that has a dependency with another view, the statement will fail if it does not have the CASCADE clause at the end. If you add this clause, the Server will delete the custom map and the elements that depend on them.