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Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for Amazon Marketplace provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete Amazon Marketplace data.The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Amazon Marketplace data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the Amazon Marketplace data records you want to retrieve, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as AmazonMarketplaceConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Amazon Marketplace data, separated by semicolons.

    To connect to the Amazon Marketplace Webservice (MWS), AWSAccessKeyId, MWSAuthToken, AWSSecretKey and SellerId are required. You can optionally set the Marketplace property. For more information on obtaining values for these properties, refer to the Help documentation.

  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search Amazon Marketplace data, such as IsReplacementOrder.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Orders WHERE IsReplacementOrder = '"&B6&"'","AWS Access Key Id="&B1&";AWS Secret Key="&B2&";MWS Auth Token="&B3&";Seller Id="&B4&";Marketplace="&B5&";Provider=AmazonMarketplace",B7)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.