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how to handle fixed width text files with no header rows #6

mrandrewmills opened this Issue Jan 4, 2015 · 1 comment


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mrandrewmills commented Jan 4, 2015

Toolkit assumes first row of the file is always the header row. If you stumble across a file that doesn't have a header row, it might be nice to toggle a property in the class (e.g. hasHeaderRows) to false, and have the toolkit do something like this:

  1. if header rows are absent, use first row to get number of columns, start and stop positions, etc.

  2. "drop in" default field names (e.g. Column 1, Column 2, etc.)? Or give developer a method for modifying/overwriting the field names? (May need to think this out in more detail.)

  3. when reading data, make sure to go back and treat the first row as data instead of ignoring it as a previously read header row.


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mrandrewmills commented Jan 11, 2015

added property hasHeaderRow (boolean) to code, modified data reading functions to handle their tasks differently based on value of that property.

NOTE: this script still assumes you have header rows by default. If you do not, you will need to specifically inform the script by setting the hasHeaderRows property to false BEFORE telling it the location of the data file.

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