in reply to XML and Databases and Excel, Oh My!
It may not be your preferred path, but Excel has a feature - Microsoft Query - that can read from and write to databases directly. On 2000-2003 it is accessed via Data | Import External Data. You can write the SQL directly, but Excel has a ghastly quirk. At about 240 (NOT 255 or anything sensible) characters, it truncates the SQL. The trick is that VBA demands the SQL to be an array of strings. This array can have as many elements as desired, but each element must be relatively short. I've been up to over 40K characters to prove a point. You may need to install Query on your target machines - it's on the Office CDs I've used, but frequently as an optional component, which means that lazy acceptance of Bill's defaults doesn't install it.