Post tagged: Excel

Tools for data

How to store data, what to use

Prompted by a recent tweet asking what people used for storing and managing their data, I wrote down my own hard-won lessons on the topic. In rough order of preference and data complexity:

A hierarchical strategy

Use restructured text for documentation

Or markdown / asciidoc. The advantages of this being:

  • It's …

Parsing Excel

Some (very) quick notes on libraries for manipulating (mostly reading) Excel files in Ruby.


  • This is the usual / traditional method for reading Excel
  • Doesn't work on XSLX (modern Excel)
  • There are a number of versions handing around the web, look on rubygems for latest version
  • Appears to not call …