The resources on the Web

The web is truly an amazing place. The amount of free resources available is ridiculous. And that’s not exaggerated. Not even a wee bit. Why? Let me tell you.

The other day, I had to do what most developers hate. I had to accomplish a task and I did not have enough time. Yes it happens at times. In more detail, I had to write a console application that would :

  • Fetch a CSV file on an FTP server
  • Parse the file
  • Export the parsed data to the database

Once again, there is nothing challenging about this application. The only problem was that this was an urgent task.

So what did I do? That’s where the title of this post makes absolute sense. I searched the web. That’s all I did, I swear! In a matter of a few Google searches, I had all the code snippets to build this application. This small exercise made me realize that there is an endless amount of free resources on the web and once assembled, it can be the basis of a very powerful application. Maybe you do not realise, but this little console application saved me 2 days of coding/testing. Thank you Internet.

Resources:

Fetch file from FTP

Parse CSV file using delimiter and qualifier

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