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From "Calder, Matthew" <>
Subject Converting clickhouse column to arrow array
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:43:46 GMT

I am interfacing arrow to a Clickhouse database using their c++ client. Both arrow and CH
have generic array-like classes with the element data type internalized. Ideally, I would
like to be able to write something like:

arrow::Array a = SomeConversionInvocation(clickhouse::Column c);

Where the array and column have the same element type (int, double, string, ...) but the code
is generic to the specific type.

I can do this by explicitly handling specific types through template specialization but I
thought that since arrow already has pretty generic type handling through its templates, and
clickhouse also has similar capability there ought to be a more seamless way to do the conversion.
Zero copy would probably be a lot to ask, but something short of template specializations
for every type is what I am aiming for.

I currently do explicit type specialization. For example I have functions like:

inline std::shared_ptr<arrow::Array> makeArray(const std::vector<double> &v)
    arrow::DoubleBuilder builder;
    std::shared_ptr<arrow::Array> array;
    return array;

inline std::shared_ptr<arrow::Array> makeArray(const std::vector<int> &v)
    arrow::Int32Builder builder;
    std::shared_ptr<arrow::Array> array;
    return array;

Which I suspect is unnecessarily explicit. Is there a more generic way of handling the variety
of underlying array element data types when constructing arrow::Array objects? And can someone
point me to examples that interface arrow to another similarly generically typed library (doesn't
have to be clickhouse). Thanks for any guidance.


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