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It features support for a new file format. Namely online itemised phone bills by the German subsidiary of O2. The changes needed to support that weren’t too many as their files are in ‘csv’ format – the same format we supported so far. The funny thing was, though, that while I thought that ‘csv’ is an abbreviation for ‘comma separated values’, which made sense for the files by Deutsche Telekom, in O2’s files, the commas are pipes (i.e. |). Not hard to program for these, but fun to notice.
That said, the support for the new file format isn’t very well tested yet. I’m not a O2 customer, so I only had a very short file by a user and few longer ones which I got from my brother to go by. And even those files – by the same company – had differences. Let’s hope nothing bad happens…
And if O2 could perhaps pay me a few million Euros to do some ‘consulting’ to them then I’ll recommend that they get a proper name again. I was tempted to do the subscript thing in my readmes and so on. But it completely messes the line spacing and makes things look crappy.
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.