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Parsing / Computations On A Records File - Help


   I am new to C++ and am not very fimiliar with it.  I have used Java before, and many of the things I would utilize in Java are not available to me, so I am in need of some assistance.

   If I have txt file that has one record on each line, made up of three fields, seperated by spaces.  For example:

"01/01/01"   "a command"   "a resource"

all without "" marks, which I am just using to keep the fields separate for the post.

I have to do the following computations on them:

- avg number of requests per day.
- avg number of each individual command per day.
- avg number of requests per resource per day.

Any help of how to go about doing this is appreciated.  Thanks.
2 Solutions
>> "01/01/01"   "a command"   "a resource"
01/01/01   a command   a resource
If the fields are not delimited by "", then how do you say there are 3 records, not 5.
How do you exactly read them in JAVA.

Can you give a more complete sample of data
And if possible post your code in JAVA.

So, that we can gve you alternative functions in C++.
>>>> Can you give a more complete sample of data

As rajeev told the fields "a command" and "a resource" definitively may not contain space characters. Assuming that is the case you would/could solve like that:

struct Record
     string date;
     string command;
     string resource;

    vector<Record> records;
    ifstream ifs("file.dat);
    string line;
    while (getline(ifs, line))
          Record rec;
          int pos1 = line.find(' ');
          if (pos1 != 8)  // assuming mm/dd/yy
              continue;   // error
          int pos2 = line.find(' ', pos1+1);
          if (pos2 == string::npos)
                continue;  // error
          //                        year                    day                      month
          rec.date = "20" + line.substr(6, 2) + line.substr(0, 2) + line.substr(3, 2);
          rec.command = line.substr(pos1+1, pos2-pos1);
          rec.resource  = line.substr(pos2+1);

After that all records are in the dynamic array. To get the statistics you should sort the records array either by date, command, resource or a combination of both.

You could do that by providing a built-in operator< that can be switched by setting an appropriate class member:

struct Record
     string date;
     string command;
     string resource;

     static SortMode sortMode;

      bool operator<(const Record& r) const
           case DATE: return date < r.date;
           case COMMAND: return command < r.command;
           case RESOURCE: return resource < r.source;
           case DATE_COMMAND: return date < r.date || (date == r.date && command < r.command;
           case DATE_RESOURCE: return date < r.date || (date == r.date && resource < r.resource;
      static void SetSortMode(SortMode smode) { sortMode = smode; }

// in some cpp initialization of the static member

Record::SortMode Record::sortMode = DATE;

With that you could sort the array from above, e. g. by


          sort(records.begin(), records.end());

After sorting you easily can make the statistics by iterating the (sorted) array and watching the changes.

Regards, Alex

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