On Nov 21, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Pablo Q. wrote:

> RESULTS
>
>      user     system      total        real
> 16.180000   0.740000  16.920000 ( *17.246190*)
>      user     system      total        real
>  5.830000   0.120000   5.950000 (  *6.028469*)
>
> is this true?

Is it true that File.split() is faster than FasterCSV?  Yeah, I bet it  
is.  Likely reasons are:

* It's written in C
* It doesn't handle all types of CSV data, so it has less work to do

To give some examples, you split code doesn't parse this valid CSV data:

   no,quotes

Or this:

   "embedded
newlines"

Hope that explains things a bit.

James Edward Gray II