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  • Reading/Opening an .xls from xBasic with Excel 2010 Starter

    I recently have a client who is running a Win 7 Machine with Office 2010 Starter.

    I am having trouble opening an excel file in Excel 2010 Starter and reading it via an xBasic script (below). Not sure how OLE works and what I can do to fix this issue...

    Here is the code I am using...

    DIM SHARED vFileName as c
    Dim xlApp as p 
    dim myCell as c = ""
    DIM vBookNum as c = ""
    DIM vDateRec as d = {}
    DIM vShipNo as c = ""
    DIM vRollNum as c = ""
    DIM vSize as n
    DIM vWeight as n
    DIM vTons as n
    DIM vShipDate as d = {}
    DIM vLoadNum as c = ""
    DIM vNumOfRoll as n = 0
    DIM vCount as n
    DIM tRoll as p
    DIM tBook as p
    DIM tRec as p
    DIM vComments as c = ""
    DIM vShipName as c = ""
    DIM SHARED xShipNo as C = ""
    DIM SHARED xLoadNo as C = ""
    DIM SHARED xD_Rec as D = {}
    DIM SHARED xD_ship as D = {}
    DIM SHARED varC_result as C = ""
    xD_Rec = {}
    ok_button_label = "&OK"
    cancel_button_label = "&Cancel"
    varC_result = ui_dlg_box("Enter Information for Excel File Selected",<<%dlg%
    Select the File to Import to Alpha:| [%p=ui_get_file("Select the Excel File that Contains the Rolls","Excel files (*.xls)",vFileName,"X");I=$a5_smart_file%.75vFileName];
    Shipper Number:| [.40xShipNo];
    Load Number:| [.3xLoadNo];
    Change Date Recieved if Necessay:| [%DATE%.40xD_Rec!xD_Rec_*];
    Enter Shipping Date:| [%DATE%.40xD_ship!xD_ship_*];
    <*15=ok_button_label!OK> <15=cancel_button_label!CANCEL>
    if left(a_dlg_button,7) = "xD_Rec_" then 
    	if a_dlg_button = "xD_Rec_killfocus" then 
    		xD_Rec = ctod(dtoc(xD_Rec))
    	end if 
    	a_dlg_button = ""
    end if 
    if left(a_dlg_button,8) = "xD_ship_" then 
    	if a_dlg_button = "xD_ship_killfocus" then 
    		xD_ship = ctod(dtoc(xD_ship))
    	end if 
    	a_dlg_button = ""
    end if
    tRoll ="rolls")
    tBook ="bookings")
    tRec ="receiving")
    vBookNum = ""
    vDateRec = {}
    vShipNo = ""
    vRollNum = ""
    vSize = 0
    vWeight = 0
    vTons = 0
    vLoadNum = ""
    vComments = ""
    vShipName = ""
    'Prompt for DateRec, DateShipped, Load Numb, and shipNo (vShipNo)
    xlApp = ole.create("Excel.Application") 
    xlApp.Visible = .T. 'comment this line out if you don't want to see Excel
    myCell = "F3" 'Booking Number on Excel sheet
    vBookNum = xlApp.activecell.value()
    vBookNum = alltrim(vBookNum)
    myCell = "F4" 'Shipping Comments on Excel sheet
    vComments = xlApp.activecell.value()
    vComments= alltrim(vComments)
    myCell = "B1" 'Shipping Comments on Excel sheet
    vShipName = xlApp.activecell.value()
    vShipName = alltrim(vShipName)
    if vBookNum = "" then
    	DIM SHARED xBookNum as C
    	DIM SHARED varC_result as C
    	ok_button_label = "&OK"
    	cancel_button_label = "&Cancel"
    	varC_result = ui_dlg_box("No Booking Number Found on Excel Sheet.  Please enter a booking number below!",<<%dlg%
    	Enter the Booking Number:| [.40xBookNum];
    	<*15=ok_button_label!OK> <15=cancel_button_label!CANCEL>
    	vBookNum = alltrim(xBookNum)
    end if
    'vCount = e(vCount) the cell that the rolls begin
    'Enter Booking # into Bookings table
    if lookup("bookings","book_num = alltrim('"+vBookNum+"')","book_id") <= 0 then
        	tBook.book_num = vBookNum
    end if
    DIM vBookID as n
    vBookID = lookup("bookings","book_num = alltrim('"+vBookNum+"')","book_id")
    'Enter Receiving Header for Rolls into Receiving table
    	tRec.book_id = vBookID
    	tRec.shipper_num = xShipNo
    	tRec.date_rec = xD_Rec
    	tRec.comments = vComments
    	tRec.shipper_name = vShipName
    	trec.book_num = vBookNum
    	tRec.icsloadid = vLoadNum
    DIM vRecID as n
    vRecID = lookup("receiving","shipper_num = alltrim('"+xShipNo+"') .and. book_id = val('"+vBookID+"')","rec_id")
    'vCount = position for excel to start reading
    vCount = 9
    vRollnum = ""
    while ("======" !$ alltrim(vRollNum))
      ' for i = 1 to vNumOfRoll
    	myCell = "B" + vCount 
    	vRollNum = xlApp.activecell.value()
    	myCell = "D" + vCount 'WEight
    	vWeight = xlApp.activecell.value()
    	myCell = "E" + vCount 'Tons
    	vTons = xlApp.activecell.value()
    	myCell = "F" + vCount 'Width(Size(
    	vSize = xlApp.activecell.value()
    		tRoll.rec_id = vRecID
    		' = xShipNo
    		tRoll.Roll_num = vRollNum
    		tRoll.Size = vSize
    		tRoll.Weight = vWeight
    		tRoll.Inventory = .f.
    		tRoll.Date_rec = xD_Rec
    		tRoll.Date_ship = xD_ship
    		tRoll.Book_num = vBookNum
    		tRoll.Icsloadid = vLoadNum
    		tRoll.book_id = vBookID
    		tRoll.Shipper_no = alltrim(xShipNo)
    	'	tRoll.Tons = vTons
    	vCount = vCount + 1
    	'Defines vRollNum to determine if while statment will continue...ends if vRollNum contains "======="
    	myCell = "B" + vCount 
    	vRollNum = xlApp.activecell.value()
    end while
    'xlApp.ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = dtoc(tbl.pick_up_date)
    'xlapp.DisplayAlerts = .F.
    'newname = a5.Get_Path()+chr(92)+"BOL"+chr(92)+"BOL-" + alltrim(tbl.Cust_po_num) + "_" + alltrim(dtoc(tbl.Pick_up_date,"6-"))
    'xlApp.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs(newname,-4143) '-4143 is a constant for Excel latest version, dbf4 is 11
    'xlapp.DisplayAlerts = .T.
    Lee Goldberg
    Software Development and Sales
    Shore Consultants Ltd.
    [email protected]

  • #2
    Re: Reading/Opening an .xls from xBasic with Excel 2010 Starter

    You'll probably have to check the machine where starter is installed to find out what the programmatic identifier is. (Use the OLE Automation Browser in Alpha)

    excel screen.gif

    I would also suggest you change

    xlApp = ole.create("programmatic identifier")

    to the newer

    xlApp = ole.GetObject("","programmatic identifier")

    when you find the right syntax.

    Alternatively search the registry for


    until you find something like Excel.Application

    in the key data.
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-07-2011, 04:31 PM.
    There can be only one.