Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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Excel Add-In for DigitalOcean

The DigitalOcean Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live DigitalOcean data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update Droplets, Images, Volumes, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

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

The CData Excel Add-In for DigitalOcean provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete DigitalOcean data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search DigitalOcean 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 DigitalOcean data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as DigitalOceanConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to DigitalOcean data, separated by semicolons.

    DigitalOcean uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded credentials or register an app with DigitalOcean.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  • 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 DigitalOcean data, such as Id.
  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 Droplets WHERE Id = '"&B1&"'",";Provider=DigitalOcean",B2)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.