On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM, Mario Gutierrez <noespam / yahoo.com> wrote:
> Daniel Summars wrote:
>> Must MS-Excel be installed on the machine to ONLY read an MS-Excel
>> worksheet file (e.g. TEST.XLS) with Ruby (using Ruby's win32ole
>> library)?
>
> Yes. Win32OLE works with the host app, in this case Excel. You probably
> want a COM library that can read/write excel spreadsheets directly. I
> think there are free ones out there but it depends on what features and
> excel version support you need.

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...or you can use the Spreadsheet gem:

http://spreadsheet.rubyforge.org

$> gem install spreadsheet
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hth
Hannes