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Fastest Way to Extract Record from a Long Semicolon Delimited WideString?

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I am writing a function to get data from server and process accordingly. The data receive from server is in a semi colon delimited widestring format.

For example,

var
  Input: WideString;
  i, TotalRec: Integer;

begin
  TotalRec := GetData(Input);
  // Input will have values like 'leon,24,89,100;jimmy,30,77,56;'
  for i := 0 to TotalRec do
  // TotalRec could range from 5,000 - 20,000
  // I need to extract each record to process
  // What's the fastest way to do this?
end;

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Question by:coole
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by:esoftbg
ID: 10773125
unit Unit_Q_20946183;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms,
  Dialogs, StdCtrls, Buttons;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
      SpeedButton1: TSpeedButton;
      ListBox1: TListBox;
      procedure SpeedButton1Click(Sender: TObject);
    private   { Private declarations }
    public    { Public declarations }
      procedure ExtractFromString(Input: WideString);
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.dfm}

procedure TForm1.ExtractFromString(Input: WideString);
var
//  i, TotalRec: Integer;
  P:      Integer;
  S:      string;
  procedure Extract(S: string);
  begin
    ListBox1.Items.Add(S);
    Delete(Input, 1, P);
    P := Pos(';',Input);
  end;
begin
  {
  TotalRec := GetData(Input);
  // Input will have values like 'leon,24,89,100;jimmy,30,77,56;'
  for i := 0 to TotalRec do
  // TotalRec could range from 5,000 - 20,000
  // I need to extract each record to process
  // What's the fastest way to do this?
  }
  P := Pos(';',Input);
  while (P>0) do
  begin
    S := Copy(Input, 1, P-1);
    Extract(S);
  end;
  if (Input<>'') then
    Extract(Input);
end;

procedure TForm1.SpeedButton1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  ExtractFromString('Leon,24,89,100;Jimmy,30,77,56');
end;

end.

emil
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by:esoftbg
ID: 10773130
object Form1: TForm1
  Left = 199
  Top = 114
  Width = 696
  Height = 480
  Caption = 'Form1'
  Color = clBtnFace
  Font.Charset = DEFAULT_CHARSET
  Font.Color = clWindowText
  Font.Height = -11
  Font.Name = 'MS Sans Serif'
  Font.Style = []
  OldCreateOrder = False
  PixelsPerInch = 96
  TextHeight = 13
  object SpeedButton1: TSpeedButton
    Left = 36
    Top = 22
    Width = 103
    Height = 22
    Caption = 'Extract'
    OnClick = SpeedButton1Click
  end
  object ListBox1: TListBox
    Left = 150
    Top = 2
    Width = 531
    Height = 441
    ItemHeight = 13
    TabOrder = 0
  end
end
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by:xxflip
ID: 10773154
You can do as follows:

procedure ParseRecData;
var
 ml:TStrings;
 Input:WideString;
begin
  // Input:=  ----> Method to get Input from server
  ml:=TStringList.Create;
  try
    if Input[1]=';' then Delete(Input,1,1);
    while Pos(';',Input) <> 0 do begin
      ml.Add(copy(Input,1,Pos(';',Input) - 1));
      Delete(Input,1,Pos(';',Input));
    end;
    if length(Input) <> 0 then ml.Add(Input);
    Memo1.Lines.Assign(ml);
  finally
    ml.Free;
  end;
end;
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by:xxflip
ID: 10773166
boy, one has to be quick if he wishes to be the first :-)
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by:esoftbg
ID: 10773212
Next code is better:

procedure TForm1.ExtractFromString(Input: WideString);
var
  P:      Integer;
  S:      string;
  procedure Extract(S: string);
  begin
    ListBox1.Items.Add(S);
    Delete(Input, 1, P);
    P := Pos(';',Input);
  end;
begin
  P := Pos(';',Input);
  while (P>0) do
  begin
    S := Copy(Input, 1, P-1);
    Extract(S);
  end;
  if (Input<>'') then
    ListBox1.Items.Add(S);
end;

emil
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by:esoftbg
ID: 10773218
 if (Input<>'') then
    ListBox1.Items.Add(Input);
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by:SuperUt
ID: 10773321
Forget any solution using Delete on the very large 'Input' string or Input:= copy( Input, xxx).
This will take a huge amount of time since the string is copied in memory over and over.

Point is to keep the Input string intact so that it isn't moved around in memory.
You could scan the string for the position of the delimiter and take the data out of it.
You can do this using AnsiStrPos(Str, SubStr: PChar) where you move the begin pointer in the string until you reach the end of the string.

Another solution could be to replace the delimiter by a CRLF and paste that string in the text property of a stringlist.
Then you can directly browse the stringlist.
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by:Ferruccio Accalai
ID: 10773361
what about this?

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
procedure GetRecords(var Records: TStrings;Input: WideString);
  begin
    Records.Clear;
    Records.Delimiter := ';';
    Records.DelimitedText := Input;
  end;
var
List: TStrings;
begin
  List := TStringList.Create;
  try
    GetRecords(List,'leon,24,89,100;jimmy,30,77,56;');
    ListBox1.Items.Assign((list));//do here whatever you want with your record list
  finally
    List.Free;
  end;
end;
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by:mokule
ID: 10773385
uses
  StrUtils;

procedure TForm1.Extract(S: WideString);
var
  P,P1: integer;
begin
  P1 := 0;
  P := Pos(';',S);
  Memo1.Lines.BeginUpdate;
  while P > 0 do
    begin
    Memo1.Lines.Add(Copy(S,P1+1,P-P1-1));
    P1 := P;
    P := PosEx(';',S,P+1);
    end;
  if P1 < Length(S) then
    Memo1.Lines.Add(Copy(S,P1+1,Length(S)-P1));
  Memo1.Lines.EndUpdate;
end;
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by:mokule
ID: 10773500
And here is some test

my solution: 17665 ms

and

Feruccio: 671 ms

Well done.
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by:xxflip
ID: 10774349
This is why I love to read all the questions, once in a while I get my eyes opened ...

The best solution in my opinion: Ferruccio68
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Accepted Solution

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mocarts earned 500 total points
ID: 10774891
Does TStrings (TStringList) supports widestring? if that is not so important anyway here is my solution ;)

const
  Semicolon: WideChar = ';';

function GetTotalRec(Input: WideString): integer;
var
  i: integer;
begin
  Result := 0;
  for i := 1 to Length(Input) do
    if Input[i] = Semicolon then
       inc(Result);
end;

function GetTotalRecPos(Input: WideString): TList;
var
  i: integer;
begin
  Result := TList.Create;
  try
    for i := 1 to Length(Input) do
      if Input[i] = Semicolon then
        Result.Add(pointer(i));
  except
    Result.Free;
    raise;
  end;
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  p, i, TotalRec: integer;
  Input: WideString;
begin
  Input := WideString('leon,24,89,100;jimmy,30,77,56;');
  TotalRec := GetTotalRec(Input);
  with GetTotalRecPos(Input) do
  begin
    TotalRec := Count;
    p := 1;
    for i := 0 to TotalRec -1 do
    begin
      ShowMessage(Copy(Input, p, integer(List^[i]) - p));
      p := integer(List^[i])+1;
    end;
    Free;
  end;
end;

also you can split your string in records already in GetTotalRecXXX function
wbr, mo.
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by:mokule
ID: 10775174
New unofficial test results
-----------------------------

my solution: 17665 ms
Feruccio: 671 ms
mocarts: 30ms

Well done.

It looks like I must improve time resolution (10ms now) or change tested data. ;-)
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by:esoftbg
ID: 10778958
I think Feruccio's and mocarts's solutions are equivalent each-other. They are the best !!!!

emil
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Author Comment

by:coole
ID: 10789067
Thank you guys. Excellent work!
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