ilkin ilkin - 1 year ago 186
C# Question

Reading CSV files using C#

I'm writing a simple import application and need to read a CSV file, show result in a

and show corrupted lines of the CSV file in another grid. For example, show the lines that are shorter than 5 values in another grid. I'm trying to do that like this:

StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(FilePath);
importingData = new Account();
string line;
string[] row = new string [5];
while ((line = sr.ReadLine()) != null)
row = line.Split(',');

importingData.Add(new Transaction
Date = DateTime.Parse(row[0]),
Reference = row[1],
Description = row[2],
Amount = decimal.Parse(row[3]),
Category = (Category)Enum.Parse(typeof(Category), row[4])

but it's very difficult to operate on arrays in this case. Is there any better way to split the values?

Answer Source

Don't reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of what's already in .NET BCL.

  • add a reference to the Microsoft.VisualBasic (yes, it says VisualBasic but it works in C# just as well - remember that at the end it is all just IL)
  • use the Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO.TextFieldParser class to parse CSV file

Here is the sample code:

using (TextFieldParser parser = new TextFieldParser(@"c:\temp\test.csv"))
    parser.TextFieldType = FieldType.Delimited;
    while (!parser.EndOfData) 
        //Processing row
        string[] fields = parser.ReadFields();
        foreach (string field in fields) 
            //TODO: Process field

It works great for me in my C# projects.

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