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Convert Objects and Django models to/from fixed format records.

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This app allows you to convert objects into fixed width records.

In version 0.1.0 we introduce an entirely new (albeit similar) interface that breaks all dependency on Django and removes the necessity of manually setting the order of fields. We call it ‘fixedwidth’.

Future enhancements to fixedwidth:
  • ListField: will allow you to declare one field on your record that is essentially a list of other ‘Records’. Similar to cobol’s “OCCURS”

  • convert from fixed with record back into python object.


from djcopybook.fixedwidth import Record from djcopybook.fixedwidth import fields

class Person(Record):

first_name = fields.StringField(length=20) last_name = fields.StringField(length=30) siblings = fields.IntegerField(length=2) birth_date = fields.DateField(length=10, format=”%Y-%m-%d”)

>>> p = Person(first_name="Joe", last_name="Smith", siblings=3, birth_date="1982-09-11")
>>> p.birth_date, 9, 11)
>>> p.to_record()
'Joe                 Smith                         031982-09-11'

You can also set attributes after a record has been instantiated, give fields default values, and other fun stuff.

When you have a record instance, the data values will always be their python value, and when you do a to_record on the Record as a whole or an individual field it will have the fixedwidth format.


Because we are using OrderedDict, the new fixedwidth implementation will only work on Python 2.7 and above. (you can copy the OrderdDict class yourself if you need < 2.7)

The previous Django model implementation is pending deprecation.

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