Tutorial on working with Excel files in Python (without COM and cross platform!) at EuroPython 2009

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Thu Jun 18 17:38:14 CEST 2009

Hi All,

Too many people in the Python community *still* think the only way to 
work with Excel files in Python is using COM on Windows.

To try and correct this, I'm giving a tutorial at this year's EuroPython 
conference in Birmingham, UK on Monday, 29th June that will cover 
working with Excel files in Python using the pure-python libraries xlrd, 
xlwt and xlutils.

I'll be looking to cover:

- Reading Excel Files

   Including extracting all the data types, formatting and working with
   large files.

- Writing Excel Files

   Including formatting, many of the useful frilly extras and writing
   large excel files.

- Modifying and Filtering Excel Files

   A run through of taking existing Excel files and modifying them in
   various ways.

- Workshop for your problems

   I'm hoping anyone who attends will get a lot out of this! If you're
   planning on attending and have a particular problem you'd like to work
   on in this part of the tutorial, please drop me an email and I'll try
   and make sure I come prepared!

All you need for the tutorial is a working knowledge of Excel and
Python, with a laptop as an added benefit, and to be at EuroPython this 


I look forward to seeing you all there!


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            - http://www.simplistix.co.uk

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