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Creating EXCEL in C

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I'm charged with coming up with a fast running program in C (which I prefer) or C++ that will extract data and dynamically build an EXCEL spread sheet.  I'm pretty good at C but have ZERO experience with EXCEL.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? DDE or something.  Sample code or links to samples would be greatly APPRECIATED! Anything ...

-Thank you
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Write your program to create a comma delimited output file.
Then write a template spreadsheet with a macro to import the comma delimited data.
You would probably have to figure out what format a formula is exported in to know how to
write your output.  I would suggest that you write the kinds of formulas you will need into a
test spread sheet, export it and take a look.  Good luck!
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by:robj
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Thanks .. just about what I thought .. however ... does it assume the user will open the flat delimtted file.  How can I launch (i.e. what parms or is there a sample)EXCEL to automatically pull in and build the spreadsheet so the .XLS is fully built by the time the use fetches the file?
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That part of the application would be best done with Visual Basic.  I really don't know how to do it, but I do know that kind of automation is frequently done in VB.  Good Luck
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