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Low-threshold function in Text::CSV_XSby Tux (Abbot)
|on Jan 24, 2014 at 17:09 UTC||Need Help??|
I had quite a long discussion with Lady_Aleena in the chatterbox, as I wanted to fully understand her wishes. She had a number of complaints about Text::CSV (and Text::CSV_XS) being to complicated for simple end-user tasks.
We - as module authors - should always take remarks like that serious, even if the end user might not exactly be the target audience we had in mind when writing functionality.
I've heard remarks like that before, but so far always ignored them, as the function/method to do so is so simple that including something like that in the module itself feels like bloat.
Now that I understand what Lady_Aleena actually wants with her data - to directly create a hash of hashes from a CSV-like file, I tried to come up with a far more generic function. Having rfc7111 fragments now, that only makes more sense :)
After a few iterations, I came up with a function that support all basic needs, yet still allows a lot of flexibility. Without going into the implementation, what I currently have done supports:
I'll let this sink in a bit. Obviously a function like this has a lot of potential, but should it be auto-exported? And is it flexible enough as it is like this?
Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn