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I'm having a problem reading .dat from a standalone biometric device, they give me a problem that i should make a system that will read .dat files into a readable format using visual studio 2010, I'm not good in this platform, and im on learning stage, can anyone help me out, or give some reliable sample or source

when im trying to open data.dat in excel i only get like this:

1 | 5/31/2013 3:00:41 PM | 1 | 3 | 1 | 0 |
1 | 5/31/2013 3:10:22 PM | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 |
1 | 5/31/2013 3:43:46 PM | 1 | 4 | 1 | 0 |

it has 6 columns, and the only column that is in readable format is the date and time, the id number and other information display as numeric

i hope that someone can help me, i don't have any idea how to do it, thanks in advance
Garth J Lancaster 13-Nov-13 21:56pm
Im not sure what your issue is - that file is readable

Maybe you should start by looking at the specs for the device, finding the file format, and seeing what the columns should contain - then you'll know how to interpret them

As it is, if each line from that file is read as a string, you can split the string on '|' to get the fields .. you just need to know the meaning of the fields

Garth J Lancaster 13-Nov-13 21:57pm
The next issue before figuring out what to do next, is thinking about the question 'what are we going to do with this data' - store it, query it ?
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 13-Nov-13 22:28pm
A "*.dat" file is not anything certain, it can be anything. Really, I don't see any sense in this question. Get to the vendor technical documentation, and so on...
Richard MacCutchan 14-Nov-13 4:19am
Using Excel you can load the file using the text and delimiter options. However you have not really explained what you are trying to do with the content.

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