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Excel events handling

by esr (Scribe)
on Dec 23, 2004 at 05:57 UTC ( #417002=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
esr has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Is it possible to trap Excel events in Perl code? I have not found much on the Web about Excel events-handling code in Perl except one item posted in 1998 which says that Win32::OLE can't handle them. Has that changed? Are there other modules that might make this possible? Any pointers to info on how to write such a beast?

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Re: Excel events handling
by olivierp (Hermit) on Dec 23, 2004 at 08:17 UTC
    I did have this around somewhere... with Outlook / Exchange, but a quick check in the Win32::OLE docs suggests it is possible. Have a look at Win32::OLE qw (EVENTS).
    If I find the beast, I'll update this. Update:While XP is searching my disks, I've found this on Dave Roth's site. It may help you get started.
      I did find it, and updated it somewhat.
      This has been tested against Excel 2002 sp3, on XP
      Note that this script will leave dangling Excel processes in memory if given the chance, and will not end if you manually close Excel while it is running.
      As usual with these things, ActiveState's OLE browser comes in handy, as well as the documentation for Excel's Object model. In particular for identifying the arguments your event handler(s) can potentially receive.
Re: Excel events handling
by sasikumar (Monk) on Dec 23, 2004 at 06:58 UTC

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