Welcome to a new post in the series for ‘Audit Command Language Tutorial for Beginners’. In the next couple of posts, we will be covering various ways to import raw data files into an ACL project. Let’s start with something rather straightforward, i.e. delimited files.
As discussed in a previous post, delimited files are generally in a text format, with characters such as a comma, colon, ‘~’ etc. separating the columns in the data file as below:
You can follow the next steps to import a delimited file into ACL:
- Go to ‘File’ -> ‘New’ – > ‘Table’
- Select ‘Local’
- Select ‘Disk’
- Browse sample data file from data folder of your project
- On the next screen, select the second option
- Choose ‘Delimited Text File’ from the list file formats
- The next step, select the following:
- Save file in project folder in the ‘ACL’ folder
- The next window is the section to edit the field properties:
- Review the fields imported with selected ACL data types in the next screen
- Enter the name for the table as appropriate
This step by step guide is generally applicable for almost every type of data file that you might encounter. A couple of the above windows might look different depending on the type of inputs files. For instance, with Excel files, you would encounter a window to select the tab in the sheet, which is to be imported.
It is our sincere hope that this post would help you to get started with your projects. Importing any data file is more than half the battle won when working on data analytics projects in the Audit Command Language.
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