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Re: New to Perl - is it a better language than VB for this application?

by kcott (Chancellor)
on Mar 20, 2013 at 05:00 UTC ( #1024437=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to New to Perl - is it a better language than VB for this application?

G'day DyslexicHobo,

Welcome to the monastery.

I've coded those sorts of tasks in Perl so it's certainly possible to do; I can't make any claims about whether it will be faster.

For various tasks, you'll find there's different modules for *.xls and *.xlsx spreadsheets, e.g. Spreadsheet::ParseExcel (for the reading the older format) and Spreadsheet::XLSX (for the newer format).

There's a tutorial (with a lot of follow-up information) that may address many of your initial questions: Using Win32::OLE and Excel - Tips and Tricks.

-- Ken

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[marto]: this 'safe space' thing you have going on seems just like wanting to whine without anyone replying
[Corion]: usemodperl: Naah, if you scroll back, you'll find several approaches that still work. Maybe a prewrapped solution like CPAN::Mini is what you want. Or maybe App::FatPacker. But you don't seem to want to listen. That's OK.
[Corion]: There, there. It'll all be better.
[marto]: usemodperl "so to answer my question, no http at cpan," doesn't tie up with what you said "I can find cpan mirrors on http"
[usemodperl]: yea but http only has tar.gz, i wanna download modules with core perl, but http seems to make it impossible, that's my only question, how to find http mirrors like meta, or how to do it with core perl, but options now seem totally broken (on purpose :-(
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[usemodperl]: Corion it's really not misguided, it's the only way, to do something... wonderful IMHO
[Corion]: usemodperl: Why don't you set up your own (http-only) CPAN mirror? Or just fatpack your scripts? I wonder what problem you're trying to solve here.
[usemodperl]: don't worry about that, it's really cool, i promise!
[Corion]: usemodperl: Well, if the world changes and makes your "wonderful" approach not work anymore, you can either change your approach, or change the world. You seem to want to change others instead.

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