Calling JavaScript from N1QL User-Defined Functions



      Before you can call a JavaScript function, you must first create a N1QL User-Defined Function it. The process to do this is explained in the Creating the N1QL User-Defined Function section of our User-defined Functions with JavaScript guide.

      If you are unfamiliar with creating User-Defined Functions to call JavaScript, then the guide is the best place to start.

      In this section, we’re going to take a closer look at concepts around N1QL User-Defined Functions, such as variadic parameter lists.

      Scopes and N1QL User-Defined Functions

      function getBusinessDays(startDate, endDate) {
          let count = 0;
          const curDate = new Date(new Date(startDate).getTime());
          while (curDate <= new Date(endDate)) {
              const dayOfWeek = curDate.getDay();
              if(dayOfWeek !== 0 && dayOfWeek !== 6)
              curDate.setDate(curDate.getDate() + 1);
          return count;    (1)

      And the corresponding N1QL User-Defined Function can be created through the Query Workbench or by executing a N1QL statement:

      CREATE FUNCTION default:`travel-sample`.`inventory`.GetBusinessDays(startDate, endDate) (1)
      LANGUAGE JAVASCRIPT as "getBusinessDays" (2)
      AT "travel-sample/inventory/my-library"; (3)
      1 The new N1QL User-Defined Function is called GetBusinessDays and takes the inventory scope inside the travel-sample bucket. As well as providing a logical separation between JavaScript libraries, using scopes provides a means of securing access to the library: a user must have a context that matches the scope of the library in order to access it.
      2 This function will reference the getBusinessDays JavaScript function …
      3 … in a library called my-library which is set to the inventory scope within the travel-sample bucket.

      Global Library Path

      Of course, you can define the library at the cluster level, where it will be accessible to anyone who has access rights to the cluster. Functions in the global library are accessible across the cluster.

      Creating a N1QL User-Defined Function to access the JavaScript function in the global library
      CREATE FUNCTION GetBusinessDays(startDate, endDate)
      LANGUAGE JAVASCRIPT as "getBusinessDays"
      AT "my-library";  (1)
      1 There is no prefix path before my-library which means the library is a globally accessible library defined at the cluster level.

      Relative Library Path

      You can also use relative paths for the library location:

      CREATE FUNCTION GetBusinessDays(startDate, endDate)
      LANGUAGE JAVASCRIPT as "getBusinessDays"
      AT "./my-library";  (1)
      1 In this case, the User-Defined Function will be created for the JavaScript function under the current query context.

      Calling the Function

      Once the N1QL User-Defined Function is defined, it can be called as if it were a built-in N1QL function:

      SELECT GetBusinessDays('02/14/2022', '4/16/2022');

      which will return the following result:

          "$1": 45

      You can also use the EXECUTE FUNCTION statement to execute the function:

      EXECUTE FUNCTION GetBusinessDays("02/14/2022", "04/16/2022");

      or as part of a complex statement:

        WHEN  GetBusinessDays('02/14/2022', '4/16/2022') > 44 THEN "true" 
        ELSE "false" 
        AS response;    (1)

      Variadic Parameters

      You can define a N1QL User-Defined Function with a variadic parameter, which means that the parameter will accept a list of values which it will pass to the JavaScript function it references. We can create the GetBusinessDays function using a variadic parameter rather than the startDate and endDate parameters:

      CREATE FUNCTION GetBusinessDays(...)
      LANGUAGE JAVASCRIPT as "getBusinessDays"
      AT "my-library";

      Note that the statement used three dots (…​) rather than a list of parameter list. This indicates a variable length parameter list. The underlying JavaScript function will reference the parameter list as named variables:

      function getBusinessDays(startDate, endDate) {
        // Do calculations  

      You can also use a variable length parameter list in the JavaScript function itself:

      function sumListOfNumbers(... args) {    (1)
          var sum = 0;
          args.forEach(value => sum = sum  + value);    (2)
          return sum;
      1 JavaScript uses three dots (…​) followed by a parameter name to denote a parameter that is an array of values.
      2 Scans through the variadic parameter list, summing all the numbers it contains.

      A N1QL User-Defined Function can now be created that takes a variable length list of numbers as an argument:

      CREATE FUNCTION SumListOfNumbers(...)
      LANGUAGE JAVASCRIPT as "sumListOfNumbers"
      AT "my-library";

      which can then be called with a variable length list of numbers as a parameter

      EXECUTE FUNCTION SumListOfNumbers(1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64);