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Basic writing of CSV file

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

The CSV File to be written is:

Rover,4.5,Brown,12 Feb 2004,80,True,Dog
Charlie,,Gold,5 Apr 2007,12.3,False,Fish

Console Application

using System;
using Xilytix.FieldedText;

namespace BasicWrite
{
    class Program
    {
        // Simple Example of using FtWriter to write a CSV file.
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // Name of file containing Meta
            const string MetaFileName = "BasicExampleMeta.ftm";
            // Name of file to be written
            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);
            meta.HeadingLineCount = 0; // Change to 0 as we do not want
                                       // any heading lines

            // Create Writer
            using (FtWriter writer = new FtWriter(meta, CsvFileName))
            {
                // Write 1st Record
                writer[PetNameFieldName] = "Rover";
                writer[AgeFieldName] = 4.5;
                writer[ColorFieldName] = "Brown";
                writer[DateReceivedFieldName] =
                    new DateTime(2004, 2, 12);
                writer[PriceFieldName] = 80M;
                writer[NeedsWalkingFieldName] = true;
                writer[TypeFieldName] = "Dog";

                writer.Write();

                // Write 2nd Record
                writer[PetNameFieldName] = "Charlie";
                writer[AgeFieldName] = null;
                writer[ColorFieldName] = "Gold";
                writer[DateReceivedFieldName] = new DateTime(2007, 4, 5);
                writer[PriceFieldName] = 12.3M;
                writer[NeedsWalkingFieldName] = false;
                writer[TypeFieldName] = "Fish";

                writer.Write();
            }
        }
    }
}