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Integer values missing when read from XLS file in ASP.NET?

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I'm trying to import an XLS file. All the data is going in fine with one exception. One of the columns has a combination of numbers and numbers separated by commas or &'s. For example, the column can contain a value of 6 in one row and 5&6 or 5,6 in another. How this data is stored isn't the issue as it's just for the purposes of being displayed.

The issue is that, any rows that contain JUST an integer, it is read by the reader as NULL, while others are read normally. Meaning, the row with 6 is read as null, while the row with 5&6 or 5,6 is read as is.

I have tried using different field/cell formats in the XLS as well with the same results.

I tried using SqlBulkCopy as well as using OLEDB and reading in the records. Even just dumping the data from the loop to the screen yields the fields as being null. It's driving me crazy and this is for a client. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I will provide any code needed.
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Rory Archibald earned 2000 total points
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I suspect this is the issue you are running up against: http://www.dailydoseofexcel.com/archives/2004/06/03/external-data-mixed-data-types/
Whether any of that is applicable to ASP I couldn't tell you though! ;)
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This was the exact answer. I was missing IMEX=1 on my connection string. Thanks!!
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