[CentOS] excel parser (preferably perl)?

Mon Oct 18 22:31:27 UTC 2010
JohnS <jses27 at gmail.com>

On Mon, 2010-10-18 at 17:13 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> 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.
I think you are out of luck on that.  .Net has a whole world of Office
Goodies what a shame...
Extract the CSV Data then do a insert into MySQL.  Is that how you do it