Importing CSV Files Into MySQL Databases

We can import your complex and multi-associated CSV data tables directly into your MySQL database. Many people store their data in Microsoft Excel or Open Office spreadsheets, and need to move the data into MySQL databases. XLS and ODF format groups can be handled with some complications to the import process, but saving the sheets as CSV files with column titles in the first row, and using standard encapsulation and delimiters (quote marks, commas and line breaks) makes the process very straight forward.

When the column titles are declared in the first row, the MySQL database can associate the data to the correct table columns. Titles are best matched exactly to the MySQL database columns, and should use database naming conventions for best results. Minimizing human mediation requires a small amount of prep, which goes a long way toward import accuracy and ease of automation.

When building spreadsheets for business use, good database naming conventions are a simple way to make the CSV import process simple too. Use all lowercase alphanumeric names that start with a letter instead of a number. Use underscores instead of spaces or hyphens. Avoid all punctuation in titles. By keeping your spreadsheet comuln titles database friendly, you open yourself to easier CSV importation and automation, including uploading CSV files to your server and processing data imports to your MySQL database with speed and accuracy.

Quote marks in data can cause problems. If your CSV file encapsulated field data with double-quote marls, and the data inside those quote marks contains a double-quote mark, it can throw off the CSV import process. Microsoft and Open Office should opt for curly quote marks for this reason, so you may simply verify the usage of curly and straight quote marks, and you may already be good to go.

When the data is intended to be sourced for the Internet, curly quote marls will be replaced with unexpected characters on some platforms and some browsers. This can be compensated or when processing the data using server languages such as PHP programming to manage replacements that result in a consistently clean web display.

Importing CSV files into your MySQL database can be done manually, via a command line interface, for those so inclined to avoid GUI graphical user interface options. There are some fabulous MySQL database management tools that are free and will handle CSV imports exceptionally well. Web based mysql database interfaces, such as PHPMyAdmin can handle CSV imports as well. The ideal solution is to use a PHP Security Developer to build a simple, secure CSV import administration tool. This ensures consistent handling of CSV files that are consistently the same structure. PHP and MySQL database developers can integrate the required exceptions and string replacements and other great features that custom web administration systems typically need.

If you have questions or need help importing CSV files into MySQL databases or want a custom MySQL database administration application, call us at 801-253-2564 and we can help.

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