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============== Table Importer ==============

Given a file (or a string) containing a container, along with options, it will return a hash of those values. Great for importing poorly formatted CSV files. It can handle CSV, Excel (xls and xlsx), Google Drive Spreadsheet, and a copy and pasted string.

Only works for ruby versions >= 1.9.3.

Contributing to Table Importer

We love your contributions to Table Importer. Before submitting a pull request, please make sure that your changes are well tested.

Then, you’ll need to install bundler and the gem dependencies:

gem install bundler && bundle install

You should now be able to run the local tests:

bundle exec rake

Interact with table_importer by creating a TableImporter instance, and then calling methods on that instance.

importer ={options})

The options you pass in are:

``` # The type of the spreadsheet/input you want to import :type => “google” # Google Drive spreadsheet => “csv” # CSV file => “xls” # Excel spreadsheet => “copy_and_paste” # Copy and pasted input

# The content to input. Either a file, a string, or google oauth keys. :content =>“path/to/file”) # for types csv, xls => “Name, Email, Phone Number Nick,, 6412345678” # For type copy_and_paste => “google_access_token, spreadsheet_id” # For type google

# Whether the first row of input contains column headers :headers_present => true # First row of input is headers => false # First row of input is not headers

# Optionally you can provide mapping for the columns. (This can be incomplete). :user_headers => { “email”=>”0”, “organization”=>”4”, “url”=>”9” } # Used to separate columns. Pass in ‘nil’ if using Google Spreadsheet, Excel or you don’t know. :column_separator => :comma # ‘,’ => :space # ‘ ‘ => :tab # ‘\t’ => :semicolon # ‘;’

# Used to separate rows. Pass in ‘nil’ if using Google Spreadsheet, Excel or you don’t know. :record_separator => :newline_mac # ‘\n’ => :newline_windows # ‘\r\n’ => :old_newline_mac # ‘\r’ (from OSX 9 days)

# A hash of compulsory headers. At the moment only “email” is supported. :compulsory_headers => { :email => true, false # Does each record require an email address to be valid? }


There are a few ways to interact with the table importer:

``` importer =

# get the type puts importer.get_type => “csv”

# get the column separator puts importer.get_column_separator => “semicolon”

# get the row separator puts importer.get_record_separator => “newline_mac”

# Get the headers (either the first row if headers are provided, or else default headers puts importer.get_headers => “column_1, column_2, column_3”

# Get the first 8 lines (useful for providing a matching option for the user to map their own headers, like mailchimps contact import. puts importer.get_preview_lines => [=> “r1c1”, :column_2 => “r1c2”, :column_3 => “r1c3”, => “r2c1”, :column_2 => “r2c2”, :column_3 => “r2c3” etc]

# Get input chunked in an input size (size defaults to 50) puts importer.get_chunks => All input chunked into 50 line blocks.

puts importer.get_chunks(25) => All input chunked into 25 line blocks.

# The format for the returned chunks is not a simple array of hashes, like get_preview_lines puts importer.get_chunks(2) => [=> [{:column_1 => “r1c1”, :column_2 => “r1c2”, :column_3 => “r1c3”, => “r2c1”, :column_2 => “r2c2”, :column_3 => “r2c3”], :errors => []}, => [{:column_1 => “r3c1”, :column_2 => “r3c2”, :column_3 => “r3c3”, => “r4c1”, :column_2 => “r4c2”, :column_3 => “r4c3”], :errors => []}]

# The errors hash is for lines that don’t contain the compulsory headers, are blank/empty, or the entire line contains no alphanumeric characters.

# Gets lines of input returned in an array of hashes (doesn’t work for CSV yet) # Pass in start and end points puts importer.get_lines(0, 1) => [=> “r1c1”, :column_2 => “r1c2”, :column_3 => “r1c3”]

# Or let it default to getting all lines puts importer.get_lines => All of the lines

puts importer.get_lines(5, 25) => Line 5 up to line 25

puts importer.get_lines(5, -1) => Line 5 to the end of the input.