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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 Open Exchange Rates provides formulas that can query Open Exchange Rates data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Open Exchange Rates 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 Open Exchange Rates data records you want to retrieve, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as OpenExchangeRatesConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Open Exchange Rates data, separated by semicolons.

    The Open Exchange Rates API supports basic authentication with an App Id. After you register, your App Id is displayed in your account dashboard. Set this to the AppId connection property.

  • 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 Open Exchange Rates 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 Projects WHERE Id = '"&B2&"'","AppId="&B1&";Provider=OpenExchangeRates",B3)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.