[windows2000] Re: OT: Programming question

  • From: "Costanzo, Ray" <rcostanzo@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 09:38:17 -0500

This is another one of those situations, so it sounds, that there isn't
a 100% method.  What if your file is:

Jo Ann Smith
Jose Los Santos

Jo Ann is the first person's first name, Los Santos is the second
person's last name.  There is no way to distinguish this, unless you
have the ability to think.  So, while you and I can distinguish it as
thinkers, the computer cannot.  Is it possibly to have your source file
come in a different way?  Like, with comma delimiting between first and
last names or some other way of distinguishing things?

Ray at work

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Fogarty [mailto:rick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 

Some time ago I presented a question concerning parsing names in a data
file.  I've got it working perfectly except for the following:

Currently, the parsing routine uses delimiters (spaces, commas etc) to
determine what separates the values (such as first name, middle name

So, John L. Jones Jr  is pretty simple.  I'm having problems with names
like this....

Juan Lopez De Los Santos

The Juan and Lopez are fine, however, it's reading the De Los Santos as
three separate entities as its programmed to do... I'm just wondering if
there might be a better way to do this so I can get De Los Santos into
the last name field.

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