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C# EDIFACT File Corrector

, 29 May 2012
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Winform app to edit EDIFACT files to remove non-printable ASCII chars

Introduction

The winform app is used mainly to edit .EDI files so hidden and non-printable ascii chars can be removed or replaced by symbols the user wants to use. This tool is useful mainly to parse EDI files to XML using a purchased tool.

Background

Used mainly in business transactions, EDI files are of crucial interest and importance to IS nowadays. Sometimes, these files need to be read normally instead of the encoded form. Hence, before performing conversion, this tool helps adapting the file to any EDI converter.

Using the code 

The code mainly is about openning the .EDI file and correct it, the following piece of code is the most important one for you, it allows you to replace which hex ascii char with what you want.
private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   {
       ReplaceInFile("\x1D","+");
       ReplaceInFile("\x1F",":");
       ReplaceInFile("\x1C","'");
       //Add as many replaces as you want!
       MessageBox.Show("Done!");
   }   

Points of Interest

This app saves lot of time and frustration when handling EDI files, myself I was getting crazy looking for all the hidden ASCII chars! I just wanted to share it with you.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

Mabchour 1989
Student
Morocco Morocco
I'm a graduate student in Transport and Logistics Management with a bachelor in computer science, I'm interested in supply chain informations systems. Great experience in programming with .net framework tools (C#, ASP).

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