my $xls = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Simple->read('spreadsheet.xls');
  foreach my $sheet ($xls->sheets) {
     while ($sheet->has_data) {
         my @data = $sheet->next_row;


This provides an abstraction to the Spreadsheet::ParseExcel module for simple reading of values.

You simply loop over the sheets, and fetch rows to arrays.

For anything more complex, you probably want to use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel directly.



my $xls = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Simple->read('spreadsheet.xls');

This opens the spreadsheet specified for you. Returns undef if we cannot read the book. @sheets = $xls->sheets;

Each spreadsheet can contain one or more worksheets. This fetches them all back. You can then iterate over them, or jump straight to the one you wish to play with. my $book = $xls->book;

The Spreadsheet::ParseExcel object we are working with. You can use this if you need to manipulate it in ways that this interface doesn't allow.


These methods can be called on each sheet returned from $xls->sheets: if ($sheet->has_data) { ... }

This lets us know if there are more rows in this sheet that we haven't read yet. This allows us to differentiate between an empty row, and the end of the sheet. my @data = $sheet->next_row;

Fetch the next row of data back. my $obj = $sheet->sheet;

The underlying Spreadsheet::ParseExcel object for the worksheet. You can use this if you need to manipulate it in ways that this interface doesn't allow (e.g. asking it for the sheet's name).


Tony Bowden


Please direct all correspondence regarding this module to:

  [email protected]


Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Tony Bowden.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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