[Newbies] Re: What is the simplest way to create a collection from a text file in CSV format?

Zulq Alam me at zulq.net
Wed Sep 10 08:55:11 UTC 2008

I ususally do something like this:

(((FileStream readOnlyFileNamed: 'file.csv')
   contentsOfEntireFile                   " read and close "
     findTokens: String crlf)             " split into lines "
       reject: [:e | e isEmpty])          " lose empty lines "
         collect: [:e | e findTokens: $,] " split into fields "


Andy Burnett wrote:
> I have a small database containing questionnaire responses. The DB can 
> output the responses (mainly descriptive paragraphs) in CSV format.  
> Ideally, I would like to read each of the records into a collection of 
> some kind.  I was hoping that there might be a 'fromCSV:' method, but I 
> haven't found one.  One approach I had thought about was to edit the 
> text so in order to create a series of array definitions, and then paste 
> that into a workspace. However, that does lack a bit of elegance! So, is 
> there a neat way of doing this?
> Cheers
> AB
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