21/09/2009 Generating quantitative data with CSV files

At work, an important part of my job is to be able to generate quantitative data to demonstrate my researsh result. What could be better than an Excel chart to shows your results?

From a software to Excel, there is a simple answer: CSV files (Comma Separated Values). It's a text format with a really simple syntax mainly based on the comma separator. It makes really easy to make table of data that Excel is going to load directly.

Example of CSV file:
  • 1997, Ford, E350,"ac, abs, moon", 3000.00
  • 1999, Chevy, "Venture ""Extended Edition""", "", 4900.00
  • 1996, Jeep, Grand Cherokee, "MUST SELL!
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