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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 Sybase provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete Sybase data.The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Sybase 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 Sybase data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as SybaseConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Sybase data, separated by semicolons.

    To authenticate with Sybase, set User and Password. Additionally, set IntegratedSecurity; to true to use Windows authentication otherwise, Sybase authentication is used. Set the Server and Database properties. To secure connections with TLS/SSL, set Encrypt to true.

  • 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 Sybase data, such as ProductName.
  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 Products WHERE ProductName = '"&B5&"'","User="&B1&";Password="&B2&";Server="&B3&";Database="&B4&";Provider=Sybase",B6)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.