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Xilytix: Basic reading of CSV file with loaded Meta

This examples shows how a CSV file can be read using Meta from a Fielded Text Meta File.  It uses the Basic Example Meta File.

CSV File:

"Pet Name","Age","Color","Date Received","Price","Needs Walking","Type"


Rover,4.5,Brown,12 Feb 2004,80,True,Dog

Charlie,,Gold,5 Apr 2007,12.3,False,Fish

Molly,2,Black,25 Dec 2006,25,False,Cat

Gilly,,White,10 Apr 2007,10,False,Guinea Pig

Console Application

using System;

using Xilytix.FieldedText;

namespace BasicRead_LoadMeta


    // Simple Example of using FtReader to parse a CSV file.

    // In this example, the Meta is loaded from a file and then used to

    // read the CSV file.

    class Program


        static void Main(string[] args)


            // Name of file containing Meta

            const string MetaFileName = "BasicExampleMeta.ftm";

            // Name of file to be read

            const string CsvFileName = "BasicExample.csv";

            // Define FieldNames

            const string PetNameFieldName = "PetName";

            const string AgeFieldName = "Age";

            const string ColorFieldName = "Color";

            const string DateReceivedFieldName = "DateReceived";

            const string PriceFieldName = "Price";

            const string NeedsWalkingFieldName = "NeedsWalking";

            const string TypeFieldName = "Type";

            // Create Meta from file

            FtMeta meta = FtMetaSerializer.Deserialize(MetaFileName);

            // Create Reader

            using (FtReader reader = new FtReader(meta, CsvFileName))


                // Read each record in text file and write field

                // values to console

                object[] recObjects = new object[7];

                int recNumber = 0;

                while (reader.Read())



                    recObjects[0] = reader[PetNameFieldName];

                    recObjects[1] = reader[AgeFieldName];

                    recObjects[2] = reader[ColorFieldName];

                    recObjects[3] = reader[DateReceivedFieldName];

                    recObjects[4] = reader[PriceFieldName];

                    recObjects[5] = reader[NeedsWalkingFieldName];

                    recObjects[6] = reader[TypeFieldName];

                    Console.WriteLine(recNumber.ToString() + ": " +

                                      string.Join(",", recObjects));