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From Gary Gregory <>
Subject Re: [csv] Java 5?
Date Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:02:45 GMT
On Nov 10, 2011, at 4:11, Emmanuel Bourg <> wrote:

> Le 10/11/2011 09:21, James Carman a écrit :
>> It might need a rename, since it looks like its scope has changed.  It
>> doesn't really just deal with CSV files anymore.  It allows custom
>> delimiter characters.  I have a few other suggestions as well:
> Do you have another name in mind?

Flat file is what it is.

>> 1.  Change the char properties that can be "disabled" to Character
>> objects.  Thus, a null value indicates disabling that feature?
> I was about to do this but I refrained because it doesn't apply to all
> the character properties. For example the delimiter can't really be
> disabled.
>> 2.  Change references to CSV to Csv in the class names.
> I'm hesitating on this one. There are many examples in the JDK of the
> uppercase form (XMLFormatter, SAXParser, URLConnection, etc). For a
> short 3-letters acronym I think it's fine, but for a longer one I would
> downcase (CorbaConnection, SaslException are other examples in the JDK).
>> 3.  Use a "builder" pattern to define the formats.
> Done already! The format is now immutable and uses chained withXXX
> setters as suggested by Stephen.
> I'm pondering the removal of the constructor taking all the parameters
> to force the use of the builder pattern. Once removed we could delete
> the DISABLED constant, since there is no point enabling a feature and
> disabling it afterward (we always start disabled by default).
> Emmanuel Bourg
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