[kwlug-disc] Python

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Sun Jan 8 23:41:28 EST 2012


On Sun, Jan 08, 2012 at 05:12:15PM -0500, Steve Izma wrote:
> I now use python almost daily at work, mostly for XML and other
> text-handling tasks. Having a project certainly makes a
> difference in the learning curve, but I frequently find myself
> writing short scripts (or modifying old ones) to handle one-off
> problems.
> 
> Many people might find it useful as a way of manipulating
> spreadsheet data, since so many office workers use spreadsheets
> as data-organizing tools but use tedious methods to input and
> arrange the data. Python's built-in list and dictionary types
> make these manipulations very straight-forward.
> 
> I also very frequently use python to read a spreadsheet and pipe
> the data to groff (and it's table-formatting facilities) to
> create far more efficient and readalbe reports than what you can
> get from the any spreadsheet's internal formatting tools.

Hi Steve,

"manipulating spreadsheet" caught my eyes.  What do yo mean?
Are you parsing out XML file that Excel saves in?
Or, are you parsing CSV format?
-- 
William



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