In message <f3ffbi$1h8$1 / registered.motzarella.org>, "Crep Cat" writes:
>I would like to export a spreadsheet column to a file;
>read that file into Ruby as an array;
>mess about with that array;
>write the new array out as a file;
>import that file into a spreadsheet.

Should be fine in virtually any language.

>Anyway, would Ruby be a good language for that task?

Sure.

>Would any other language be more suitable?

I don't know.  You could probably do it in just about anything.

>Could I get newbie help on file handling here?

Sure!

>Is there a really good introductory book which deals simply with file 
>handling? 

I don't think so.  Too specialized.

Budget a while to get used to programming; it's a new skill, and will
take some time.  Once you're used to it, IO should be easy.

-s