Inserting or updating data into a user-defined type (UDT)

How to insert or update data into a user-defined type (UDT).

If a table specifies a user-defined type (UDT) to hold data, then either INSERT or UPDATE is used to enter data.


Inserting data into a UDT
  • Set or replace user-defined type data, using the INSERT or UPDATE command, and enclosing the user-defined type with curly brackets, separating each key-value pair in the user-defined type by a colon.
    cqlsh> INSERT INTO cycling.cyclist_stats (id, lastname, basics) VALUES (
      { birthday : '1993-06-18', nationality : 'New Zealand', weight : null, height : null }
    Note: Note the inclusion of null values for UDT elements that have no value. A value, whether null or otherwise, must be included for each element of the UDT.
  • Data can be inserted into a UDT that is nested in another column type. For example, a list of races, where the race name, date, and time are defined in a UDT has elements enclosed in curly brackets that are in turn enclosed in square brackets.
    cqlsh> INSERT INTO cycling.cyclist_races (id, lastname, firstname, races) VALUES (
      [{ race_title : 'Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg',race_date : '2015-05-09',race_time : '02:58:33' },
      { race_title : 'Ronde van Gelderland',race_date : '2015-04-19',race_time : '03:22:23' }]
    Note: The UDT nested in the list is frozen, so the entire list will be read when querying the table.