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Re: serial number generator

by Athanasius (Prior)
on Oct 03, 2012 at 03:03 UTC ( #996970=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to serial number generator

Hello royserna03, and welcome to the Monastery!

The following script should do what you want:

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Excel::Writer::XLSX; my $workbook = Excel::Writer::XLSX->new( 'simple.xlsx' ); my $worksheet = $workbook->add_worksheet(); print "How many Serial Numbers do you need?\n"; my $mal = <STDIN>; my $comp = 'ITS'; my @array; for (my $number = 1; $number <= $mal; $number++) { my $exp = $comp . sprintf("%04d", $number); push @array, $exp; } $worksheet->write_col(0, 0, \@array);

Some notes:

  • Always use strict; and declare lexical variables with my.

  • Barewords must be quoted: my $comp = 'ITS';

  • If you want (say) 5 serial numbers, and they start at 1, then the last number must be 5, so the loop condition needs to be $number <= $mal.

  • You can use sprintf to prepend 0s to the serial number.

  • The key point: Each time a new value of $exp is calculated, it must be added to the array. See push.

Hope that helps,

Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum


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Re^2: serial number generator
by GrandFather (Cardinal) on Oct 03, 2012 at 04:26 UTC

    The fence picket error is avoided by avoiding the C for loop. Use a Perl for loop instead and a range:

    for my $number (1 .. $mal) { ... }

    which is clearer, more concise and correct.

    True laziness is hard work
Re^2: serial number generator
by royserna03 (Initiate) on Oct 03, 2012 at 20:31 UTC

    Thank You so much! that was a really big help, I really appreciate the help! I just have a few more questions if that's ok. How can I store the last number create, so that after the usr closes the program it picks it right back from where it ended. Ex. last number is ITS0012, usr closes and opens again and the first number that the usr gets is ITS0013. Also how can I have two spread sheets, one with the recently made numbers and another one with all the numbers that have been created? Again I want to thank you for such a fast and awesome response! I was so stuck, I really appreciate the support!

      I think this will do what you want:

      #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Excel::Writer::XLSX; use Spreadsheet::XLSX; my $master = 'master.xlsx'; -f $master or die "Spreadsheet '$master' not found: $!"; my $excel = Spreadsheet::XLSX->new($master) or die "Cannot open spreadsheet '$master' for reading: $!"; my $sheet = $excel->{Worksheet}[0]; my $last_old_id = $sheet->{Cells}[ $sheet->{MaxRow} ][0]{Val} // 'IT +S0000'; $last_old_id =~ /(\d+)/; my $first_new_id = $1 + 1; print "How many Serial Numbers do you need?\n"; my $mal = <STDIN>; my $comp = 'ITS'; my @array; for my $number (1 .. ($first_new_id + $mal - 1)) { my $exp = $comp . sprintf("%04d", $number); push @array, $exp; } my $simple = 'simple.xlsx'; my $workbook = Excel::Writer::XLSX->new($simple) or die "Cannot open spreadsheet '$simple' for writing: $!"; my $worksheet = $workbook->add_worksheet(); my @array2 = @array[($first_new_id - 1) .. ($first_new_id + $ma +l - 2)]; $worksheet->write_col(0, 0, \@array2); $workbook = Excel::Writer::XLSX->new($master) or die "Cannot open spreadsheet '$master' for writing: $!"; $worksheet = $workbook->add_worksheet(); $worksheet->write_col(0, 0, \@array);

      The full set of IDs is stored in the first column of master.xlsx. The new IDs are (over-)written into the file simple.xlsx, as before.

      Hope that helps,

      Update: As Anonymous Monk implies below, you have to create an Excel file called master.xlsx first (using Excel), before you run the code. The file should initially be empty.

      Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

        This code is so great! Thank You! I just get an error when I try to run it. It says "Spreadsheet 'master.xlsx' not found: no such file or directory at idperl.pl line 8. I tried looking for an error but I could not find anything. Do you know why it is doing this? Again Thank You so much! you have helped a lot!

        I created it the file, and it worked! thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate the time you put into it! Thank You so much!

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