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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 LinkedIn provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete LinkedIn data.The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as LinkedInConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to LinkedIn data, separated by semicolons.

    LinkedIn uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with LinkedIn. For more information refer to our authentication guide.
  • 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 LinkedIn data, such as EntityId.
  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 CompanyStatusUpdates WHERE EntityId = '"&B5&"'","OAuthClientId="&B1&";OAuthClientSecret="&B2&";CallbackURL="&B3&";CompanyId="&B4&";Provider=LinkedIn",B6)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.