Program to parse a text report (csv) and convert into a usable flat file

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  • Budget $30 - $250 USD
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Project Description

We have a point of sale system that stores transactional information very poorly. I think it actually writes it to a string then stores it in a file.

Anyway, the data can be manually exported to what they call a "csv". I've attached a sample of the data.

We'd like the following:

A program to run nightly (we can use Windows Scheduled Tasks)

Searches a directory for new reports

parse the report for the core data

append said data to a database program such as access

We would need our table to have the following columns:

Transaction ID


Item Number (Item number and description are in the same cell - they need to be separate columns)



Unit Price

Extended Price

Customer Code

Customer Name


RxNumber (*item # 01 is a "prescription". the line below it "Reference:" has 4 "columns". we need the data from the 2nd column here. data from the 4th column goes to "customer code")

The sales data is found within the groups that say "Type: Sales"

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