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Re^2: Edifact anyone?

by Skeeve (Vicar)
on Dec 17, 2013 at 08:23 UTC ( #1067430=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Edifact anyone?
in thread Edifact anyone?

I have no real trading partner. I just need to extract some information for reports.

The other stuff about X12 - sorry - I don't really understand that yet. Just started learning yesterday.


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Re^3: Edifact anyone?
by VincentK (Beadle) on Dec 17, 2013 at 14:41 UTC
    Hi Skeeve.

    Until you mentioned it, I had never heard of EDIFact.

    I am not sure why something that is supposed to be an ANSI ISO standard doesn't have a free API. It sounds like it is the equivalent to charging for the IP protocol. Maybe I am wrong here. Maybe the charges are for variations that orginzations add to EDI.

    I did some poking around and it looks like there are many translators for sale on the net.

    See references on this page for 'TrueCommerce' and 'B2B Gateway'

    I also came across some viewers. I am not sure if they will help you or not. Hopefully they will.

    As with the library you found, as it was mentioned earlier, I would shy away from something that was potentially cobbled together. Espcially when working with production data.

    Copy and paste EDI code into the page. This one does translate the code you posted, but I am not sure if it is useful.

    EDIFACT Viewer
Re^3: Edifact anyone?
by GotToBTru (Prior) on Dec 17, 2013 at 15:15 UTC

    I only mention X12 to say that I know EDI. It's what I do at my job, all day, every day.

    You have no trading partner? Okay, but somebody you know does! Nobody messes around with EDIFACT unless they have to. So, you aren't writing a translator, just trying to understand the structure, and maybe learn some new perl skills along with it. I understand that. For my own work, I have not explored any of the EDI perl modules. We use a translator. I do have half a dozen awk scripts I use to make quick reports from EDI and application data files.

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