Raised flower bed - 2017-02-07

How to deal with empty or missing fields in messages

In the following post I want to discuss how to deal with empty or missing fields in messages from the perspective of the receiver. I will try to explain the problem with the following scenario. Scenario There is a ‘sending system’ which sends data in messages to a ‘receiving system’. In my example the sending system sends demographic data of persons to the receiving system. The sending system may be a patient registration system in a hospital and the receiving system a statistics tool. How the messages are sent is not relevant in this scenario but we can assume that the messages are […]

Raised flower bed - 2017-01-29

CSV alternatives (JSON, XML, BSON) – Raised flower bed

Comma-separated values (CSV) I am working at the IT-Department of Universit√§tsklinikum Erlangen (University Hospital Erlangen) and this week I created a CSV file for a other project. The aim of this project is to migrate clinical findings into a new system. The clinical findings in the old system don’t have identifiers like a patient-id or a case number but some demographic data (name, surname, birthdate, zip code, …). The project manager and his developer who are responsible for the migration contacted me and asked for demographic data of our patients to implement a heuristic to assign the clinical findings to the correct patients. […]