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Hi jsuresh

As others have shown, it is totally possible to format cells in Excel using perl. However in my experience this is probably not the easiest way.

My typical use-case seems to be similar to yours: fetch some data from some databases, combine it, and present it in Excel-reports. These reports shall be "beautiful", having suitable column widths, suitable text and number formatting, highlighted headers, often cell-borders ...

Creating all this in perl takes time, and makes my code very dependant on the output-format. (E.g. if someone wants the comment-field to be 20% wider, I would have to update the code.)

So I don't start writing to an empty Excel-sheet, but prepare a template. And do all the formatting in this template, using Excel. My script then just writes the data in the corresponding fields/columns, and does not have to care about formatting itself. And finally stores the template under a different filename.

Maybe this approach is also helpful for your future projects

Best regards, Rata


In reply to Re: Setting format in Excel using perl by Ratazong
in thread Setting format in Excel using perl by jsuresh

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