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From Simon Kitching <>
Subject Re: CSV parsing/writing?
Date Thu, 26 May 2005 04:40:14 GMT
On Wed, 2005-05-25 at 23:24 -0500, Don Seiler wrote:
> On 19:05 Wed 25 May     , James Sangster wrote:
> > I was looking to doing CSV parsing using regular expressions, but I came
> > across one post in a newsgroup where it was stated that regular expressions
> > themselves couldn't handle it alone.   Because the environment I was working
> > with had restricted regular expression capabilities and no third party
> > package integration capabilities, I instead just went for the brute force
> > method of parsing character for character on each line and using a state
> > machine.
> > 
> > It seems to work very well, but the performance could be a little better.
> Would the jakarta community welcome a CSV parsing/writing module for
> commons?  I'd be happy to work on it, no doubt I would start down a
> similar path of having to look at each character and track the state of
> what is a field and what isn't.

There was a thread on this topic almost exactly two years ago, with
subject "[SURVEY] Commons-csv or not?":



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