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> Just looking for a pointer or functions I can use to do this...
> I have a spreadsheet with a couple thousand entries that I'll be using for
> populating a MySQL database. The spreadsheet has names listed in "last,
> first" - the database I'll be populating has separate fields for first and
> last names.
> I exported the names column from the spreadsheet in tab-delimited format and
> I figured I could come up with a quick PHP script that would open the text
> file, find each instance of ", ", take all that's before that delimiter and
> move it after all that's after that delimiter, inserting a tab in between.
> So "last, first" would become "first[tab]last".
> So far, I've gotten:
> $filename = "NAMES.txt"; //name the file...
> $fp = fopen($filename,"r+"); //open it...
> echo "Reading $filename...";
> $contents = fread($filename, filesize($filename)); //read it...
> $names = explode("\n", $contents);
> foreach($names as $name);
> echo "$name<br>";
> Obviously, I've written in some stuff just so I can see what I'm doing, the
> echo in the foreach for example. But I'm stuck on what to use to actually
> separate and rewrite each $name. I'm assuming I'll have to create a while()
> or for() loop and use a regular expression for this? I'm not sure where to
> look. Any help would be great - just so I won't have to go in and manually
> separate first and last names. Thanks!
> Jason Soza
Off the top of my head (pseudocode):
Read the file into an array with file()
explode on tab
select name field
explode on comma
extract last, first fields and write to...
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