Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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

The CData Excel Add-In for GraphQL provides formulas that can query GraphQL data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search GraphQL 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 GraphQL data records you want to retrieve, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as GraphQLConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to GraphQL data, separated by semicolons.

    You must specify the URL of the GraphQL service. The driver supports two types of authentication:

    • Basic: Set AuthScheme to Basic. You must specify the User and Password of the GraphQL service.
    • OAuth 1.0 & 2.0: Take a look at the OAuth section in the Help documentation for detailed instructions.
  • 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 GraphQL data, such as UserLogin.
  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 Users WHERE UserLogin = '"&B5&"'","AuthScheme="&B1&";User="&B2&";Password="&B3&";URL="&B4&";Provider=GraphQL",B6)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.