Reading from an Excel file

Posted on 2002-06-19
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
hi folks
I have aproblem in reading and updating the  cell contents of an excel file through PHP.
Can you please help me ASAP.
Thanks in advance.
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What method are you using? ODBC or COM?
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If you are using ODBC, then make sure you add a $ to the end of the sheet name.


"SELECT * from [Sheet1$]"

would be a valid query string.

A few things to be aware of :

1 - Column headings are required otherwise you will get your first row of data as column names.
2 - Column headings cannot be blank!

You can also set a name to some cells that you want to access via ODBC.

Select the required cells.

Choose Insert->Name->Define and give it a name, say "Testing"

You can then you ...

"SELCT * FROM Testing".


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