A common task in making “integration” projects is usually the part where the programmer needs to open an external file, which is in a (very) legacy format and parse this file. This obviously results in large and boring glue code, which bloats the project and makes it scary.Enter FileHelpers, which really simplifies the whole procedure. All you need to do is make a class of your data (actually what one line is) and add one or two attributes. For example:
<FileHelpers.DelimitedRecord(vbTab), FileHelpers.IgnoreFirst()> _ Public Class BicFile Public Name As String Public Description As String Public Amount As Decimal <FileHelpers.FieldConverter(FileHelpers.ConverterKind.Date, "yyMMdd")> _ Public OpenDate As Date End Class
Obviously this simplifies everything and saves a lot of boring code. The program is open sourced, and it is also available in library format (so that you just add a .dll reference to your project). I wish I found that earlier!