JPlate Tabular 0.2


Welcome to the JPlate Tabular Project!  This subproject of JPlate provides tabular related functionality.  Here "tabular" refers to data organized into tables of records and fields, where each has a fixed delimiter:  for example, records delimited by "new lines" and fields delimited by commas.

Please note:    this documentation is a "work in progress" and will be enhanced when time permits - it is an initial version and much is missing (unit test cases, good Java documentation, etc).


There are three included parsers:

As a side note, CSV includes two parsers - one strictly adheres to RFC 4180, while the other is a more lax version similar to both the CDV and TDV parsers.

Quick Start

This section illustrates how to quickly make use of the parsers described above.  However, remember that this is simply a "quick start" and does not explain how to use the complete Tabular library. 


To utilize the Tabular library, include all jar files found in the release lib directory as part of the classpath.  For example, assume Tabular 0.2 has been downloaded and installed to /shared/jplate-tabular-0.2 on a Linux platform:




There are a set of utility classes that make use of default implentations to create tables/lists from files, input streams, readers and strings.  By examining the source code for these classes, one can extrapolate how to extend or use the rest of the project.


Consider the following examples:

import java.util.List;

import org.jplate.tabular.util.JPlateCsvUtil;


    final File csvFile = new File ( "SomeFile.csv" );

    final List <List <String>> JPlateCsvUtil.getAsList ( csvFile );



import org.jplate.tabular.TableIfc;

import org.jplate.tabular.util.TdvUtil;


    final Socket tdvSocket = // Create socket in some fashion...

    final TableIfc table = TdvUtil.getAsTable (
tdvSocket.getInputStream () );


Please look to individual classes for more specific information.

Building (if desired)

If you wish to build Tabular from source, you will need access to a Subversion client and Ant 1.7.0+ (preferably 1.7.1 to simplify using the included libraries - please see the documentation on Environment 1.1 for more information).

Check out the source

Create a directory for checkout, change to this directory and execute:
svn co
svn co

You will note two directories are created:  environment and tabular.

Build the source

Build the source - change directories to the aforementioned tabular directory and execute the command:


After building, you should find a tabular/assembly/release directory containing various things such as a jar file (for example Tabular 0.2 release produces jplate-tabular-0.2.jar) and other files normally associated with a Tabular release.


  Tabular has dependencies upon:

IRC Channel

There is an IRC channel on under the channel name #JPlate.  The  Project Manager is usually there most days under the name Flossy.  He is more than happy to help or answer questions you may have.

Related Links

Tabular related links follow:

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