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DBF is a small fast Ruby library for reading dBase, xBase, Clipper and FoxPro database files

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= DBF

DBF is a small fast library for reading dBase, xBase, Clipper and FoxPro database files

Copyright (c) 2006-2009 Keith Morrison <keithm@infused.org, www.infused.org>

* Official project page: http://rubyforge.org/projects/dbf
* API Documentation: http://dbf.rubyforge.org/docs
* To report bugs: http://www.rubyforge.org/tracker/?group_id=2009
* Questions: Email keithm@infused.org and put DBF somewhere in the subject
  line

== Features

* No external dependencies
* Fields are type cast to the appropriate Ruby types
* Ability to dump the database schema in the portable ActiveRecord::Schema
  format

== Installation
  
  gem install dbf
  
== Basic Usage

  require 'rubygems'
  require 'dbf'

  table = DBF::Table.new("widgets.dbf")
  
  # Tables are enumerable
  widget_ids = table.map { |row| row.id }
  abc_names = table.select { |row| row.name =~ /^[a-cA-C] }
  sorted = table.sort_by { |row| row.name }
  
  # Print the 'name' field from record number 4
  puts table.record(4).name

	# Attributes can also be accessed using the column name as a Hash key
	puts table.record(4).attributes["name"]
  
  # Print the 'name' and 'address' fields from each record
  table.records.each do |record|
    puts record.name
    puts record.email
  end

  # Find records
  table.find :all, :first_name => 'Keith'
  table.find :all, :first_name => 'Keith', :last_name => 'Morrison'
  table.find :first, :first_name => 'Keith'
  table.find(10)
  
== Migrating to ActiveRecord

An example of migrating a DBF book table to ActiveRecord using a migration:

  require 'dbf'
  
  class CreateBooks < ActiveRecord::Migration
    def self.up
      table = DBF::Table.new('db/dbf/books.dbf')
      eval(table.schema)

      table.records.each do |record|
        Book.create(record.attributes)
      end
    end

    def self.down
      drop_table :books
    end
  end
  
== Command-line utility

A small command-line utility called dbf is installed along with the gem.

  $ dbf -h
  usage: dbf [-h|-s|-a] filename
    -h = print this message
    -s = print summary information
    -a = create an ActiveRecord::Schema
  
== Limitations and known bugs
  
* DBF is read-only
* Index files are not used

== License

(The MIT Licence)

Copyright (c) 2006-2009 Keith Morrison <keithm@infused.org, www.infused.org>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
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