Based on the positive reception of the Screen Scraper Utility Kit for Windows Phone, I’ve decided to port it over to WinRT.
The Windows Runtime version add the ability to read in Definition files written in JSON.
But Wait! There’s More!
There’s a lot of data various government agencies have posted online and made available for free – much of it in easy to consume formats such as XML.
However, a lot of data sets are made available as CSV files.
The CSV file format is deceptively simple and notoriously complex. (More on that in a future post).
To lower the barrier to this data (and there’s a lot of it), I’ve decided to write a WinRT CSV parser, which abstracts away most of the ugly parts.
I’ve also designed it in such a way (using some IoC magic) to let developers write their own CSV parsers but still make use of the library’s convenient features.
I hope to release this soon, so stay tuned.
Both toolkits now available:
CSV Parser for WinRT
Screen Scraping Utility Kit for WinRT