very high-level IO functions?

York yorklee70 at
Mon Sep 19 23:13:55 CEST 2005

Your are right, a program cannot be smarter than its programmer. However 
I need a program to parse any table-format data files offered by user. R 
offer such a function, I hope python such a function too.


> While it may "attempt" to recognize the types, it in fact cannot
> be more correct than the programmer.  Example:
> data="""0X1E04 111"""
> That "looks" lile a hex and an int.  But wait.  What if it is
> instead two strings?
> In Python you can easily write a class with a interator that can
> read the data from the file/table and return the PROPER data types
> as lists, tuples, or dictionaries that are easy to manipulate.
> -Larry Bates
> York wrote:
>>R language has very high-level IO functions, its read.table can read a
>>total .csv file and recogonize the types of each column. write.table can
>>do the reverse.
>>R's MySQL interface has high-level functions, too, e.g. dbWriteTable can
>>      automatically build a MySQL table and write a table of R data into
>>Is there any python packages do similar things?

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