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Virtually all the source (input) nodes have some way of parsing out data items from a record or row. However, there is one source that does not have this functionality, and that is an incoming arrow from within the stream itself.
Of course, this functionality can be achieved with several hundred Derive nodes - but that makes the stream huge, unwieldy, and error-prone. A Parse node is a much more elegant solution. Increasing numbers of users are finding Modeler unwieldy; this would help.
The logic for the parse node already exists; it is in the Fixed-Width node. In fact, a user could accomplish the same functionality as a Parse node by simply writing out records with a Flat File export node, and then reading from the same file with a Fixed-Width source node, and parsing out the records into fields. So, why are we required to incur the overhead of a file IO, with its tremendous slow-down, to accomplish this?
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