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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: parsing

    hi
    Fixed-width files are faster than delimited files because delimited files require extra PARSING.
    what does this parsing mean.
    can any one help in this
    thanks
    kiran

  2. #2
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    Re: parsing

    Parsing means inspecting the record and determining the syntax. With fixed-width you know where the data elements are, with delimited you have to find them by locating the positions of the delimiters.

    Whether that makes fixed-width faster necessarily is another matter, I'm not sure that that would be true in all cases.

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