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Create the comma delimited flat file

Posted on 2013-06-21
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I am being asked to create a comma delimited flat file. This is the format for the file. It must include a carriage return line feed after every line:

Last Name,First Name,DOB (MM/DD/YYYY),Customer number

Running a separate program against the file, the report will populate the entries.
Using Excel, should I put an entry into into each field with the comma (Last Name,) or does the separated field create it's own comma?

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Excel adds a comma (or whatever you specify) to denote a change in column.  ie  If you have data in Columns A & C you would get an output like:

Surname,,Firstname

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You can save a file as CSV directly from Excel, which will automatically comma-delimit the data. When you open a CSV in Excel, you won't see the commas: Excel will display the data in separate columns automatically. But if you open the CSV in a text editor, you'll see the commas.
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Thanks, I believe I have it.
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