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  1. OMG Issue

DMN14 — DMN string join built-in function proposal

  • Key: DMN14-116
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Red Hat ( Matteo Mortari)
  • Summary:

    This is a proposal for a new DMN built-in function to join a list of strings, for which currently the specification does not offer any out-of-the-box support.

    This is partially connected to OMG DMN RTF https://issues.omg.org/browse/DMN14-34, but it focuses only on a specific one, between of those functions.

    Assessment

    As of DMNv1.3 the specification is not offering any built-in support for the use-case of concatenating a list of strings into a final string.

    Please notice this is not the use case of using the “+” operator as in:

    first name + " " + last name
    

    This is the use case of joining a list of strings, for example

    [ "product 1", "product 2", ... ]
    

    In the book “DMN Cookbook: 50 Decision Modeling Recipes to Accelerate Your Business Rules” by Bruce Silver and Edson Tirelli ISBN: 9780982368183, the authors are offering 3 working solutions in Chapter 4.2. This requires however the modeler to implement manually or in a “personal library” of BKMs the preferred solution.

    The Signavio platform is offering it as a custom function (https://documentation.signavio.com/suite/en-us/Content/process-manager/userguide/dmn-literal-expressions.htm#concat) which however is only available on that specific platform.

    It is likely other Vendors are offering this functionality in their own way.

    This is an opportunity for the RTF to standardize what different people are doing differently, and not currently covered in the DMN spec.

  • Reported: DMN 1.3 — Tue, 15 Dec 2020 12:35 GMT
  • Updated: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:53 GMT