FasterCSV 1.0.0 -- The "Sorry it's late, Ara" release!

FasterCSV 1.0.0 Released

Ara strikes again, adding his second awesome enhancement to
FasterCSV. Here’s some example code showing off FasterCSV::Table:

#!/usr/local/bin/ruby -w

csv_table.rb

Created by James Edward G. II on 2006-11-04.

Copyright 2006 Gray Productions. All rights reserved.

Feature implementation and example code by Ara.T.Howard.

require “faster_csv”

table = FCSV.parse(DATA, :headers => true, :header_converters
=> :symbol)

row access

table[0].class # => FasterCSV::Row
table[0].fields # => [“zaphod”, “beeblebrox”, “42”]

column access

table[:first_name] # => [“zaphod”, “ara”]

cell access

table[1][0] # => “ara”
table[1][:first_name] # => “ara”
table[:first_name][1] # => “ara”

manipulation

table << %w[james gray 30]
table[-1].fields # => [“james”, “gray”, “30”]

table[:type] = “name”
table[:type] # => [“name”, “name”, “name”]

table[:ssn] = %w[123-456-7890 098-765-4321]
table[:ssn] # => [“123-456-7890”, “098-765-4321”, nil]

iteration

table.each do |row|

end

table.by_col!
table.each do |col_name, col_values|

end

output

puts table

>> first_name,last_name,age,type,ssn

>> zaphod,beeblebrox,42,name,123-456-7890

>> ara,howard,34,name,098-765-4321

>> james,gray,30,name,

END
first_name,last_name,age
zaphod,beeblebrox,42
ara,howard,34

Thank you Ara!

What is FasterCSV?

(from the README)

FasterCSV is intended as a replacement to Ruby’s standard CSV library.
It was designed to address concerns users of that library had and it has
three primary goals:

  1. Be significantly faster than CSV while remaining a pure Ruby
    library.
  2. Use a smaller and easier to maintain code base. (FasterCSV is
    larger now,
    but considerably richer in features. The parsing core remains
    quite small.)
  3. Improve on the CSV interface.

What’s New?

(highlights from the CHANGELOG)

  • The slurping methods now return the new FasterCSV::Table objects.
  • Fixed parser so multibyte :col_sep works now.
  • Fixed FasterCSV.rewind() to reset the FasterCSV.lineno() counter.
  • Fixed FasterCSV.rewind() to reset the header processing.
  • Enhanced FasterCSV::Row.fields() to support Ranges, even for headers.
  • Added a few examples for usage.

Migrating from CSV to FasterCSV?

The README includes a section on the differences and you can read that
here:

http://fastercsv.rubyforge.org/

You call also see general usage in the documentation of the interface,
right here:

http://fastercsv.rubyforge.org/classes/FasterCSV.html

For quick and dirty switching, try:

begin
require “faster_csv”
FasterCSV.build_csv_interface
rescue LoadError
require “csv”
end

… use CSV here …

If FasterCSV isn’t meeting your needs, I want to here about it:

[email protected]

Where can I learn more?

FasterCSV is hosted on RubyForge.

Project page: http://rubyforge.org/projects/fastercsv/
Documentation: http://fastercsv.rubyforge.org/
Downloads: http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=1102

How do I get FasterCSV?

FasterCSV is a gem, so as long as you have RubyGems installed it’s as
simple as:

$ sudo gem install fastercsv

If you need to install RubyGems, you can download it from:

http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=126&release_id=5803

FasterCSV can also be installed manually. Just download the latest
release and follow the instructions in INSTALL:

http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=1102&release_id=7740

James Edward G. II

On Mon, 6 Nov 2006, James Edward G. II wrote:

FasterCSV 1.0.0 Released

Ara strikes again, adding his second awesome enhancement to FasterCSV.
Here’s some example code showing off FasterCSV::Table:

rock on james! thanks for letting this into the wild.

kind regards.

-a

On 11/5/06, James Edward G. II [email protected] wrote:

FasterCSV 1.0.0 Released

Ara strikes again, adding his second awesome enhancement to
FasterCSV. Here’s some example code showing off FasterCSV::Table:

Congrats on a 1.0 release James! Great work. And Ara, your additions
rock.

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