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Create Excel Spreadsheets Using Other Environments

Although Excel and other spreadsheet programs are the traditional interfaces for creating and reading spreadsheets, sometimes you might need to create .xls files directly from other programs.

Whether you’re creating Excel files from databases on an Apache server or you just want to present the information stored in a Java program to Excel users, there are a variety of packages out there that will enable you to create and access .xls files without actually using Excel. Although these packages are frequently more difficult to use than the SpreadsheetML described in [Hack #96] and [Hack #97], they generally produce files readable by any version of Excel since Excel 97 (including Macintosh versions of Excel), and often support more Excel features as well.


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