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From Simon Kitching <>
Subject Re: [SURVEY] Commons-csv or not?
Date Thu, 26 Jun 2003 07:04:51 GMT
Hmm .. an "import-stuff-into-xml" project? Interesting...

I have in fact written exactly this for my current employer, for a
(continuously expanding) series of formats. We then apply stylesheets to
the results, for various purposes.

I doubt I could contribute any code, but can definitely confirm that I
would have used such a library if it had existed about a year ago when I
started (and had been sufficiently flexible/complete)!

I could also contribute a collection of weird and wonderful formats as
invented by our clients :-)

Here's a few possible formats in addition to csv:
* ASN.1
* windows .ini files
* java .properties files
* apache-httpd .conf format :-)

And here's some potential "competitors", which also import data into xml
* Microsoft Biztalk
* IBM Websphere Business Integration

Note that I'm not pushing for or against the existence of this project.
Just had some thoughts to toss into the discussion....



On Thu, 2003-06-26 at 18:43, Jeremias Maerki wrote:
> On 25.06.2003 19:59:19 Joe Germuska wrote:
> > A CSV project seems a bit too narrowly focused.
> I agree. IMHO the focus should be on any type of legacy, structured
> ASCII files containing some notion of "record". It's very interesting to
> have code around to easily convert such files to XML (SAX-Events), for
> example.
> > I guess I'd think it belongs in IO, of all the choices Henri 
> > suggested.  In a sense you could associate it with Digester, but 
> > that's probably not really the best place for it.
> Having said the above, I think it doesn't belong neither to IO, nor to
> Codec. I think it's a separate little project. The Digester idea is
> interesting, but I agree.
> Jeremias Maerki
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