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reading tab-separated files in C#

Posted on 2006-07-11
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Is there a function in C# that reads tab- (or comma-) separated textfiles? For those of you who's familiar with Matlab, what I need is an equivalent of textread. At most, I need to be able to speficy the format of each  line in the file, i.e. the number of fields and their types. I also need to be able to skip a specified number of "header" lines at the beginning of a file.
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Question by:ilyaz
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by:whatsit2002
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I don't think you'll find anything built into the .NET framework, but here is an example of what I have done in the past to accomplish something similar:

try
{
      sr = File.OpenText(fileLocation + @"\" + fileName);
      while (sr.Peek() >= 0)
      {
            string[] row = sr.ReadLine().Split('\t');
            ProcessRow(fileName, row);
      }
      sr.Close();
}
catch {}


Where ProcessRow() is a method that uses the filename to figure out what type of record is being passed in (i.e. knows what field matches what index in the string array passed).

For other deliminters, simply pass in the correct character to the Split function.

Hope this helps.

Jason
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M3hcSS earned 125 total points
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You can use the regular expression parser (regex). It works wonderfully for parsing out text files with tabs, commas, etc...

using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

http://www.csharphelp.com/archives/archive21.html

and a quick tutorial on using regex...

http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/RegexTutorial.asp
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