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How to parse the entries from the Fixed format flat file?.

Hi All,

I need to parse the entries from an input text file format of Fixed Format. How can i split the entries?. If possible, explain wht fixed format means?



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Fixed format means you know how many characters stand for particular data. The customer has to deliver you the format which he uses. i.e you have such entry


First 8 char stand for pernr - 50002231

Next 10 char stand for Cost Center - 100003344

Another 1 char is a flag for something - X

The rest 8 chars stand for a date - 10172008

It is always up to customer what fixed format he/she uses.They must told you how to interpret the data inside the file (how many chars are used for certain data element)

To read the file create a table with string line, then read the file to it, and parse each line depending on the format (requirement) it was delivered to you. That's all.

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