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Discussion on: How to convert from JSON with references to a JSON tree

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Marek Pepke • Edited

Because what you have here is a doubly linked tree, you have a choice how you want to populate the tree. I think it would be easier attaching children to their parents.

What I would do is:

  1. Create a lookup map, to efficiently get a document of a given id
  2. For every document, create an empty array field simply called children (it's because the name childrenID suggest, that it has something to do with ID, not the children themselves)
  3. For every document in the original collection, retrieve the document with the id parentID from the lookup map and push it at the end of the children array
  4. Create an array for result nodes: those documents that have parentID: null. You could use .filter for this.

For better efficiency, you could bundle points 2, 3 and 4 into one.
Good luck!