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Salil G. (Guest)
on 2009-02-18 06:54
How to access row value using spreadsheet?
How to find last row or end of file using roo?
How to convert xls to csv?
Jeff E. (Guest)
on 2009-02-19 00:22
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google "ruby excel"

On Feb 17, 11:54 pm, Salil G. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid>
Jeff B. (Guest)
on 2009-02-19 02:15
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Hi Salil,

To convert xls to csv and then parse for use in ruby, you could try
wrapping xls2csv ( and
parsing via CSV (
index.html), something like:

$ irb
irb(main):001:0> require 'csv'
=> true

irb(main):002:0> csv_raw = `xls2csv test.xls`.sub(/\s+$/, "\n")
=> "\"fruit\",\"color\"\n\"banana\",\"yellow\"\n\"strawberry\",\"red

irb(main):003:0> CSV.parse(csv_raw) {|rec| puts rec.inspect }
["fruit", "color"]
["banana", "yellow"]
["strawberry", "red"]
["tangerine", "orange"]
=> nil


On Feb 17, 8:54 pm, Salil G. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid>
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