I'm deep into writing some functions to automate processing some fairly deep and complex JSON files. Since it is JSON coming from user generated data the number and names of the key:value pairs is indeterminate and can vary. In order to write a series of generic functions to expand and flatten the data I need to be able to create Lists of Record Names in order to expand tables and columns.
Where I'm stuck; I have:
A column that has Record Values in each row.
I want to extract the Field Names from each Row and build a List of all Record Names. I will then use that list in a function to expand the record column dynamically.
I'm trying to use Record.FieldName to extract the data, so far I have this:
(Tbl as table, ColumnName as text) =>
#"KeepColumns" = Table.SelectColumns(Tbl, ColumnName), //reduce table to only column of interest
#"GetRecordFields" = Table.AddColumn(#"KeepColumns", "RecordFields", each Record.FieldNames(ColumnName)) //get Record Field names as list
My understanding is that Record.FieldNames should return a list of the Field Names in each row. However, the function fails with "Can't Covert <ColumnName> to type Record. I'm assuming that means that it is not liking the result coming from Record.FieldNames. I assume I need a list function here, but not sure what. I do know that I eventually want to use Table.ExpandListColumn to generate a row for each Field name.
When you deal with dynamic column names, it either comes as "ColumnName" or [ColumnName].
when you declare the variable as a text, it works for syntax "ColumnName" but not within the square bracket. So, you need Record.Field(_, "ColumnNames"). The underscore means each of the fields within a record.