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Connect to excel-spreadsheet using .net odbc/oledb without ms-excel installed

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i have an excel spreadsheet - myfile.xls

I have a windows 2008 server(mywin2008server) . It does not have ms-office installed on it.

I wrote a .net application(mydotnetapp.exe)  in c# that connects to myfile.xls (using odbc or oledb ) and reads that file.

I want to run mydotnetapp.exe app on mywin2008server. But since it does not have ms-office or ms-excel installed, mydotnetapp.exe cannot not connect to myfile.xls

Is it possible to connect to myfile.xls even if ms-excel is not installed on that server?


pl guide  

thanks
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been through the EXACT same issue myself on more than one occasion. There are products that you can buy..  or SDK's you can  write off of  that are extremely time consuming and costly. After you go through all the pain and suffering of coding them and THEN altering your own code to make sure it still works you will find that instead of wasting all that time you convince the company to install another instance of MS Excel on the machine for $90.

I cannot post the links to the SDK's or applications as they are on competing sites which violate the terms of answering questions here.. However  if you insert into google search

.net read excel file without office installed

you will find them

Best of luck :)
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ok thanks so much for the guidance....
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no problem. Sorry that there isn't an 'easy' solution to this. First time I went through this I had written 5000 line Excel reader that was making massive changes to a file based on certain scenarios. then they tell me to place it on a box that had no excel... !!@#$ #$*(#()$*#)($*  

wasted 3 days of my time looking at options.. your time is valuable :)

Please award if its what you needed :)

Happy New year
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yes... we also decided to put that app on user's desktop.. thanks again for the advice...
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no problem
sometimes the path of least resistance does work :)
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