Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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Excel Add-In for SAS Data Sets

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

Use Excel to read, write, and update SAS Data Sets. 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 SAS Data Sets provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete SAS Data Sets data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search SAS Data Sets 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 SAS Data Sets data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as SASDataSetsConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to SAS Data Sets data, separated by semicolons.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to your SAS DataSets files:

    • URI: Set this to the folder containing your .sas7bdat resources. Currently we only support local files.
  • 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 SAS Data Sets data, such as cuisine.
  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 restaurants WHERE cuisine = '"&B2&"'","URI="&B1&";Provider=SASDataSets",B3)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.