SmartModule ArrayMaps are used to break apart Records into smaller pieces. This can be very useful for working with your data at a fine granularity. Often, each record in a Topic may actually represent many data points, but we’d like to be able to analyze and manipulate those data points independently. ArrayMap allows us to dig in and break apart these composite records into the smaller units of data that we want to work with.

SmartModule ArrayMap

For example, suppose that each element in our Topic is a JSON array. We might want to interact with the elements of these arrays rather than the arrays themselves. Using an ArrayMap, we could transform a Topic whose records look like this (where this line is a single record):

["a", "b", "c"]

Into a topic that contains each of those elements as a distinct record, like this (where each line is a distinct record):


If you’d like to see a practical example of ArrayMap in action, check out our blog on using ArrayMap to break apart paginated API requests.

Let’s take a look at an example ArrayMap and walk through how it works and what some sample input and output data might look like. The ArrayMap we’ll look at will simply read a topic full of JSON arrays and produce a stream of the elements of those arrays, similar to the input and output we saw above.


Create a new Project

We can use the cargo-generate tool to create a new SmartModules project that is ready to go. If you don’t already have it, you can install cargo-generate using this command:

$ cargo install cargo-generate

Then, use the following command to create a new SmartModules ArrayMap project.

$ cargo generate --git=""
⚠️   Unable to load config file: ~/.cargo/cargo-generate.toml
🤷   Project Name : array-map-array
🔧   Generating template ...
✔ 🤷   Which type of SmartModule would you like? · array-map
[1/7]   Done: .cargo/config.toml
[2/7]   Done: .cargo
[3/7]   Done: .gitignore
[4/7]   Done: Cargo.toml
[5/7]   Done:
[6/7]   Done: src/
[7/7]   Done: src
🔧   Moving generated files into: `array-map-array`...
✨   Done! New project created array-map-array

The code in this generated project takes JSON arrays as input records and returns the elements of those arrays as output records. Let’s take a look at the full source, then we’ll cover it piece by piece. Let’s look at src/

$ cd array-map-array && cat src/ 
use fluvio_smartmodule::{smartmodule, Record, RecordData, Result};

pub fn array_map(record: &Record) -> Result<Vec<(Option<RecordData>, RecordData)>> {
    // Deserialize a JSON array with any kind of values inside
    let array: Vec<serde_json::Value> = serde_json::from_slice(record.value.as_ref())?;

    // Convert each JSON value from the array back into a JSON string
    let strings: Vec<String> = array
        .map(|value| serde_json::to_string(&value))
        .collect::<core::result::Result<_, _>>()?;

    // Create one record from each JSON string to send
    let records: Vec<(Option<RecordData>, RecordData)> = strings
        .map(|s| (None, RecordData::from(s)))

This ArrayMap essentially has three steps it takes:

  1. Deserialize a JSON array as input and store it in a Vec<Value>
  2. Converts each Value back into a JSON string
  3. Converts each JSON string into a distinct output Record

Let’s take this for a test drive and see it in action.


Running the ArrayMap

Before getting started, make sure you have downloaded the Fluvio CLI and followed the getting started guide to get up and running with a Fluvio cluster. Then, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to install the wasm32-unknown-unknown target for Rust using the following command:

$ rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown

Now we’ll be able to compile the ArrayMap SmartModule. Let’s use release mode so we get the smallest WASM binary possible:

$ cargo build --release

Next, we’ll need to create a new Fluvio topic to produce and consume our data using this command:

$ fluvio topic create array-map
topic "array-map" created

Now we can produce some test data to our topic.

$ fluvio produce array-map
> ["a", "b", "c"]
> ^C

Finally, let’s consume our data using our ArrayMap SmartModule and see that each of the output records shows just one of the elements from each input array.

$ fluvio consume array-map -B --array-map=target/wasm32-unknown-unknown/release/array_map_array.wasm

Register the SmartModule with Fluvio

After building a SmartModule as a WASM binary, it may be registered with Fluvio using the fluvio smart-module command:

$ fluvio smart-module create record-to-array --wasm-file target/wasm32-unknown-unknown/release/array_map_array.wasm

Use the fluvio smart-module list command to see all available SmartModules:

$ fluvio smart-module list
 NAME             STATUS             SIZE
 record-to-array  SmartModuleStatus  178373 

Once the SmartModule is created, it can be used by other areas of the system (consumers, producers, connectors, etc):

$ fluvio consume array-map -B --array-map=record-to-array

Congratulations, you just completed your first ArrayMap example! You can find the full source code for this example on GitHub, along with the full sources for many other SmartModules examples.


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