May 26, 2018

Easy access to data in many formats

The rather wacky idea behind this module and its sister module DBDAnyData is that any data, regardless of source or format should be accessible and modifiable with the same simple set of methods. This module provides a multi- dimensional tied hash interface to data in a dozen different formats. The DBDAnyData module adds a DBI/SQL interface for those same formats.

Both modules provide built-in protections including appropriate flocking for all I/O and in most cases record-at-a-time access to files rather than slurping of entire files.

Currently supported formats include general format flat files CSV, Fixed Length, etc., specific formats passwd files, httpd logs, etc., and a variety of other kinds of formats XML, Mp3, HTML tables. The number of supported formats will continue to grow rapidly since there is an open API making it easy for any author to create additional format parsers which can be plugged in to AnyData itself and thereby be accessible by either the tiedhash or DBI/SQL interface.

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