What is a CSV file format?
CSV stands for Comma Seperated Values. Just like the full name depicts, CSV is a comma delimited text file that seperates its values using commas.Each record can feature one or more fields seperated by commas.
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Advantages of converting Excel to CSV
1.CSV files can be read by most text Editors
2. CSV is easy to create compared to XLS, XLSX and XML
3. Its easy to parse CSV compared to JSON and XML formats
4. CSV features a straightforward schema which makes it useful for in many applications
5. Its easy to manipulate a CSV file because of its simplicity
6. The CSV format is compact as it you dont have to worrry about tags like other formats such as JSON and XML. All you need is start and end tags to distinguish rows and columns
Excel Vs CSV
Excel and CSV store data in a tabular format hence confusing most people to think they are the same. But there are several differences in terms features and functions. Here are some key differences
1. Extensions: Excel saves files on its own unique formats such as XLSX,XLS and VIZ. On the other hand CSV saves data on a .CSV extension
2.Formating, Formulas, Macros and Funtions: Excel formats supports these operations while CSV does not.
3. Reading and Writing: Excel requires special spreadshhet software to read and and write. Contrary, you can read and write CSV files using Text editors such as Notepad
4. Safety Excel contains autoformating which can mess with your data incase there is no clear seperation or distinction of numerical values. Conversely, CSV can differentiate between plain text and numerical values.