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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Whenever possible I try to make tab-delimited files and call them .xls. However from time to time you get requests that simply can't be done that way. Perhaps there are issues about forcing the formatting of something that looks like a date. Specific requests for colors. Or having multiple spreadsheets in one file. When I encounter those, I reach for Spreadsheet::WriteExcel.

    Yes, these are boring examples. But were it not for Spreadsheet::WriteExcel, they would be examples that would have forced me to make the choice between using Perl on Linux and not doing what was requested, or being forced to write hacks manipulating Excel on Windows on the fly. Thank you for keeping me from having to make that choice.