Tony Bowden


Spreadsheet::WriteExcel::Simple - A simple single-sheet Excel document


  my $ss = Spreadsheet::WriteExcel::Simple->new;

  print $ss->data;
        # or


This provides an abstraction to the Spreadsheet::WriteExcel module for easier creation of simple single-sheet Excel documents.

In its most basic form it provides two methods for writing data: write_row and write_bold_row which write the data supplied to the next row of the spreadsheet.

However, you can also use $ss->book and $ss->sheet to get at the underlying workbook and worksheet from Spreadsheet::WriteExcel if you wish to manipulate these directly.



  my $ss = Spreadsheet::WriteExcel::Simple->new;

Create a new single-sheet Excel document. You should not supply this a filename or filehandle. The data is stored internally, and can be retrieved later through the 'data' method or saved using the 'save' method.

write_row / write_bold_row


These write the list of data into the next row of the spreadsheet.

Caveat: An internal counter is kept as to which row is being written to, so if you mix these functions with direct writes of your own, these functions will continue where they left off, not where you have written to.


  print $ss->data;

This returns the data of the spreadsheet. If you're planning to print this to a web-browser, be sure to print an 'application/excel' header first.

book / sheet

  my $workbook  = $ss->book;
  my $worksheet = $ss->sheet;

These return the underlying Spreadsheet::WriteExcel objects representing the workbook and worksheet respectively. If you find yourself making more that a trivial amount of use of these, you probably shouldn't be using this module, but using Spreadsheet::WriteExcel directly.



Save the spreadsheet with the given filename.


This can't yet handle dates in a sensible manner.


Tony Bowden


Please direct all correspondence regarding this module to:


Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. John McNamara has done a great job with this module.


Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Tony Bowden. All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.