[fpc-pascal] Re: SDFDataset users!?

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Mon Sep 24 20:21:03 CEST 2012

On Mon, 24 Sep 2012, Ludo Brands wrote:

>>> That is in contradiction with the existing implementation
>> as well as
>>> the following comments following comments in SDFData.pp
>>> 14/Ago/01  Version 2.00 (Orlando Arrocha)
>>>           John Dung Nguyen showed me how to make this
>> compatible with
>> You are erroneously assuming I actually read the comments.
> No specs, no docs, only code and comments to go by.
>>> Is fpc promoting version 77 of the sdf definition?
>> I added TSDFDataset to FPC because it added an implementation of CSV
>> and fixed format data, because this is how I had used them.
>> That's all I cared about. I had never heard of SDF as a data
>> format. At the time, I probably assumed SDF were the initials
>> of the author or so.
> That is indeed another approach that doesn't require specs nor docs.
> Unfortunately only available to those that have the keys to kingdom :)

Well, I think that trying to let TSDFDataset conform to certain "SDF" specs 
is trying to do some unjustified backfitting.

IMHO, it should do fixed format and CSV as indicated by the RFC I posted.
All the rest is nice, but not required from my perspective.


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