[CentOS] excel parser (preferably perl)?

Todd Denniston Todd.Denniston at tsb.cranrdte.navy.mil
Tue Oct 19 10:34:38 EDT 2010


Les Mikesell wrote, On 10/18/2010 06:13 PM:
> I'm getting tired of converting spreadsheets that someone else updates 
> to csv so my perl scripts can push the data into a mysql database.  Is 
> there a better way?  I haven't had much luck with 
> perl-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel (and find it odd that yum prefers the .32 
> version from epel over .57 from rpmforge anyway).  Is the current CPAN 
> version better?  Or the equivalent java tools?  Or maybe a scripted 
> OpenOffice conversion would be possible.
> 
> Needs to deal with both xls and xlsx formats, the odd characters that 
> are confused with quotes even after csv conversion, numbers with $'s and 
> commas embedded, excel's date formatting nonsense, etc.
> 

Would it cause more headaches than it would solve, for you to hook the excel folks directly to the
mysql db and have their changes take place immediately? Assuming a LAN environment here instead of
'the only connection is email'.
Could you do the sanity checking you currently do by using some db functions?

"MySQL Forums :: Microsoft Access :: Connecting MS Office, MS Excel, MS Access to MySQL using ODBC"
http://forums.mysql.com/read.php?65,148441,148441

* OK, I often come at problems from a different direction. *
-- 
Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter


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