Running a "CSV-row massager" on Fixtures

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone had run into a similar problem and had
advice:

I’m using ActiveRecord (without the rest of Rails) to manage data
import for large collections of CSV data files into a database. The
problem is that each CSV file comes from a different source, and each
source uses completely different conventions for encoding just about
everything (Country names, phone numbers, dates, null values, etc)

Is there an easy way to sneak a step into the fixture loading process
whereupon I have the chance to normalize the data in each row before
it is dumped into the database?

For example, I’d need to turn:

John,Doe,us,4/23/1970,null,null,yes

into:

John,Doe,USA,1970-23-4,1

I know I could just monkeypatch the Rails source, but I was hoping for
a cleaner solution.

Thanks,
Ted [Singing the data integration blues]

Edward wrote:

John,Doe,USA,1970-23-4,1

I know I could just monkeypatch the Rails source, but I was hoping for
a cleaner solution.

Thanks,
Ted [Singing the data integration blues]

If these are test fixtures why not have a separate script that massages
the data beforehand? Otherwise you’ll need to do this “translation”
everytime you run a test.


Michael W.

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