Friday, November 19, 2010

Data transfers made easy

I’d like to highlight another great (and free) template over in the m-Power Project Exchange. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Project Exchange, check out this page. If you’re unfamiliar with m-Power’s template-based approach to development, check out our build-process page.

Today, I’d like to highlight a simple, yet useful template that you might find useful: The CSV Report Template. As the name implies, this template lets users export their data into a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file.

Now, what does that do for you? The CSV format is pretty much the standard format for transferring data between applications, for one big reason: It stores data as text. This means two things for you. First, CSV files are usually small, even when they contain large amounts of data. This means they’re easy to transport. Second, because it’s stored as text, most applications support the CSV format.

So, in other words, the CSV format is a great way to easily transport large amounts of data between applications or databases. If that’s something you do, this template might make your job a whole lot easier. You can view a demo application here, or download it here.


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