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Extracting data / complex text file format
PHP Revision example from a Well House Consultants training course
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Source code: nibs.php Module: H300

/* This is a straightforward PHP script that extracts data from
a block of text and reformats it.  The data provided is something
of a mess, in that it's an exported file from a graphic are
program, but never the less it contains all the pertinant data and
we can extract what we need! */

$info = <<<DONE
 Food, Drink, Accommodation
Restaurant, Café (*also takeaway)
Art House Café H       100
Ashers Café    C       101
Cornerstone Café       k       102
Hungry Jacks    Avonside
Lee's Chinese*          103
Lee's Palace* (also delivers)   B       104
McDonald's*             105
Melksham Tandoori *     c       106
Refa Tandoori * k       107
Square Café    b       108
Subway*         109
Sultan, The*    B       110
Waney Edge Café        Berryfield
Takeaway (*delivers)
Acropolis*      c       120
Baguette Bar    C       121
Chick-O-Land    h       122
Chicken Hut*    b       123
Cinnamon*       C       125
Fisheries, The  b       126
Forest Fish Bar Forest
Golden Falls Chinese Takeaway*  k       128
Happy Valley Fish & Chips       Bowerhill
Kebab House*    b       129
King's Gourmet* k       130
Lee's Fish & Chips              131
Peking Chef*    b       132
Pub, Nightclub (*with accommodation)
Bear, The       B       140
Bud's Bar       B       141
Forester's Arms Forest
Grapes, The     B       142
Kings Arms*     H       143
New Inn Berryfield
Parson's Nose, The      C       148
Pig & Whistle, The      Forest
Pilot, The      Bowerhill
Tavern, The     H       145
Unicorn, The            146
West End Inn            147
Accommodation (*with restaurant)
Antonia House   Berryfield
Bowden House            165
Beechfield House*               164
Conigre Hotel & Restaurant*             161
Long Hope Guest House           166
Spa B&B, The            167
Well House Manor                163
Grocery, Bakery, Butcher (*with café)
Aldi            170
Co-op   Queensway & Forest
I. D. Newman Butchers   c       172
Iceland C       173
Jones Convenience Stores        Forest
Jones Day & Night               180
Lidl            174
Lovejoys Foodstore      B       175
Old Bakery, The*        C       176
One Stop        Bowerhill
Premier Post Office & Store     Bowerhill
S K Fruits      C       177
Sainsburys      B       178
Somerfield      b       179
Petrol Station (*open 24 hours)
BP              190
Bonjour/Total*          194
Edwards Garages         191
Stop & Shop/Murco       Forest
Spar Texaco             193
 General Retail and Fashion
Department Store
Original Factory Shop, The      k       200
Leekes          201
Car Sales/Hire
Audi VW Cars    Bowerhill
Auto Tech Motor Engineers               204
Keith Lye       Bowerhill
Mitsubishi Motors               205
Semington Cars of Melksham              206
TJ Self Private HIre            207
Victoria Motors         208
Alan & Iris Jaffray Antiques    H       210
Dan Antiques    Avonside
King Street Curios      k       211
Polly's Parlour k       212
Gifts, Toys
Gifts Galore    c       223
Samovar Gift Shop       k       224
Toy Shop, The   b       225
Bedland Bowerhill
First Choice Beds       Avonside
HPS Lounge Suites               226
Electronics and Appliances
Amber Home Appliance Centre     c       230
Apollo Light & Sound    Avonside
BHCS Computer Services  b       233
Compu Hut       b       231
Lighting Superstore     Avonside
Melksham Gas & Electrical       k       232
Melksham Satellites     Avonside
Clothing, Shoes, Accessories
Baby World      Berryfield
Cobblers Bench Shoe Repair      B       240
Helen Passmore  h       242
Inspired        h       246
Marjo Fashions  B       243
Peacocks        b       244
Upper Cut Clothing      C       241
West Country Jewellers  h       245
Charity Shop
Cats Action Trust       B       250
Dorothy House   c       251
Sue Ryder       h       252
Tenovus b       253
Stationer, Newsagent, Tobacconist
Business2Exchange       Bowerhill
Card and News Centre    B       260
Castles Newsagents      k       261
Clinton Cards   C       262
D.A.C. Stationery       b       263
Newsbox C       264
Bath Road Store         265
Decorating, Interiors, DIY
Artisan Hire Centre     Bowerhill
Buildbase       Bowerhill
Carpet Barn     b       270
County Glass and Glazing        Avonside
County Tile Warehouse   Avonside
Falcon Interiors                273
Melksham Kitchen & Appliance    B       274
Pearces of Melksham     c       275
Pine Plus               278
Plumbstop               277
Tile & Bathroom Centre  B       276
Universal Tool Hire     Bowerhill
Garden, Florists
Flower Care     C       280
Flowers in Focus        b       281
Greenlands Fencing & Patio Ctr          282
Timber Track Sheds              283
K. M. Military  k       290
Marks Musical Instruments       B       291
Pound World     C       292
Sewing Basket   c       293
What the Dickens Bookshop       c       294
 Professional Services
Banks, Finance and Insurance
Barclays        b       300
Baron Martin    C       306
Halifax h       301
Heywoods Insurance      c       309
Heywoods Commercial Ins c       310
HSBC    C       302
IMI General Insurance Services  B       311
Lloyds TSB      h       303
Mortgage Advice Bureau  H       307
Nationwide      C       308
NatWest B       304
Stroud & Swindon        C       305
Estate Agent
CS Property     K       326
Hames & Joy     B       320
Jayson Kent     H       322
Kavanaghs       C       323
Kingstons       h       324
Lock & Key Ind Estate Agents    C       325
Bailey Employment Services      K       330
Staffwise Recruitment   H       331
West Country Educational Agy    C       332
Andy York Photography   b       340
BC Photographic c       341
Funeral Directors
D. J. Bewley    b       350
H. Merrett Funeral Directors    c       351
Other Services
Forest Laundrette       Forest
In Tune Music School    C       362
Lock It Shop    b       360
Melksham Independant News       H       367
South of Heaven Tattoo  c       363
Thomas Cook Travel      C       364
Tourist Information Centre      c       365
West County Cleaners    C       366
 Health & Beauty
Personal Healthcare (*has pharmacy)
Anthony Day Dental Surgery      K       407
Boots*  C       400
Chinese Medical Centre  h       401
Giffords P.C.C.*                405
Gompels*        b       402
Market Place Dental Practice    H       408
Regency Dental Practice K       409
St. Damian's Surgery*           406
Spa Medical Centre*             404
Superdrug       B       403
Buy Specs Direct        B       410
Haine and Smith C       411
Nixon and Shaw  h       412
SpecSavers      b       413
Salon, Barber Shop, Spa
Barber Shop, The        b       420
Shavers c       421
Clarkies        B       422
G. Hatto        K       423
Glow    K       424
Hairtek b       425
Just Beauty Plus        b       426
Just for Men Unisex     k       427
Just Nails/Sunseekers Tanning   B       428
Libra Hair Salon        B       429
M & H Hair Studio       B       430
Robert Michaels Hair Team       B       431
Scissors        Forest
Studio Two      c       432
Tops Hair Salon h       433
Works, The      b       434
Beeches Veterinary Centre               504
Church Lane Veterinary Srgy     Forest
Countrywide             510
Critters        H       501
Hale Veterinary Group   B       502
Petstown        B       500
Rainbow Koi     Avonside
Exotic Pet Centre, The  C       503
Blockbuster     k       600
Gaming Galore   b       601
Curves Gym      Avonside
Fitness First Gym       Avonside
Scott's Gym     Avonside
Sporting Goods
Avon Angling & Sports   b       613
Bob Missen Bike Shop    h       610
DJ's Sports Shop        b       611
Melksham Cycles Centre          612
Tackle Shop     Avonside
Sport, Leisure/Social Centre
Boomerang       Bowerhill
Christie Miller Sports Centre   Bowerhill
Diving Zone     Avonside
Melksham Blue Pool      H       620
Wilts School of Gymnastics      Bowerhill
Backhouse Bet   K       630
Regency Amusements      C       631
William Hill    b       632

// ---------------- go through the data line by line

$records explode("\n",$info);
$err 0;
foreach (
$records as $record) {
// get rid of trailing tabs
$tdr trim($record);
// change accent characters
$tdr preg_replace('/./','&eacute;',$tdr);
$els explode("\t",$tdr);

// Look at each line in turn

if (ereg("^ ",$record)) {  # MAIN HEADER
$html .= "<tr><td colspan=3><h2><br>$tdr</h2></td></tr>\n";
        elseif (
count($els) == 1) {  # SUB HEAD
$html .= "<tr><td colspan=3><h4><br>$tdr</h4></td></tr>\n";
        elseif (
count($els) == and ereg("^[1-9]",$els[1])) {
$html .= "<tr><td>$els[0]</td>";
$html .= "<td colspan=2>$els[1]</td></tr>\n";
        elseif (
count($els) == 2) {  # OUT OF TOWN LOCATION not on map
$html .= "<tr><td>$els[0]</td>";
$html .= "<td colspan=2>at $els[1]</td></tr>\n";
        elseif (
count($els) == 3) {  # IN TOWN LOCATION
$zone strtoupper($els[1]);
$html .= "<tr><td>$els[0]</td>";
$html .= "<td>$zone</td>";
$html .= "<td>$els[2]</td></tr>\n";
        else {  
$html .= "<tr><td colspan=3>******</td></tr>\n";
$err 1;
// ----------------------------------------------------------
<title>Melksham Businesses - from Retail Business Map</title>
This is a list of Melksham businesses who are open for customers and can
usually be visited without an appointment.<br><br>
The locations shown are on the
<a href=http://www.wellho.net/downloads/melkshammap.pdf>Melksham
Town Map</a>.<hr>
<table cellpadding=2 cellspacing=2>
<?= $html ?>
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