Method of Using Configurable Definitions to Import Data of a Previously Undisclosed Type
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-27
In almost all application software there is some need for the file import ability. Many of these have a standard format or context that the flat file imported is designed to conform to. However, due to new projects and work our team has been exposed to in the last year, we have found that often we are faced with the task of inputting a file whose properties are unknown at the time of development of the new application. What would normally occur is a new file import algorithm would need to be generated to handle the new input file regardless of how minor the change may seem. With large corporate projects the chance that new import agents could be needed is great, and therefore the support cost is that much greater. The ability to do a generic parse, based on configurable definitions allows for a quick and easy way to import any data with brilliant accuracy dependent on the detail of the definitions and the decoupling of the parsing algorithm.