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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 CouchDB provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete CouchDB data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search CouchDB 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 CouchDB data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as ApacheCouchDBConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to CouchDB data, separated by semicolons.

    Set the following to connect:

    • Url: The Url of your instance. For example: http://localhost:5984
    • User The Apache CouchDB user account used to authenticate.
    • Password The Apache CouchDB password associated with the authenticating user.
  • 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 CouchDB data, such as MovieRating.
  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 Movies WHERE MovieRating = '"&B4&"'","Url="&B1&";User="&B2&";Password="&B3&";Provider=ApacheCouchDB",B5)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.