parsing an Excel formula with the re module

vsoler vicente.soler at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 20:21:50 CET 2010


On 5 ene, 20:05, Mensanator <mensana... at aol.com> wrote:
> On Jan 5, 12:35 pm, MRAB <pyt... at mrabarnett.plus.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > vsoler wrote:
> > > Hello,
>
> > > I am acessing an Excel file by means of Win 32 COM technology.
> > > For a given cell, I am able to read its formula. I want to make a map
> > > of how cells reference one another, how different sheets reference one
> > > another, how workbooks reference one another, etc.
>
> > > Hence, I need to parse Excel formulas. Can I do it by means only of re
> > > (regular expressions)?
>
> > > I know that for simple formulas such as "=3*A7+5" it is indeed
> > > possible. What about complex for formulas that include functions,
> > > sheet names and possibly other *.xls files?
>
> > > For example    "=Book1!A5+8" should be parsed into ["=","Book1", "!",
> > > "A5","+","8"]
>
> > > Can anybody help? Any suggestions?
>
> > Do you mean "how" or do you really mean "whether", ie, get a list of the
> > other cells that are referred to by a certain cell, for example,
> > "=3*A7+5" should give ["A7"] and "=Book1!A5+8" should give ["Book1!A5]
>
> Ok, although "Book1" would be the default name of a workbook, with
> default
> worksheets labeled "Sheet1". "Sheet2", etc.
>
> If I had a worksheet named "Sheety" that wanted to reference a cell on
> "Sheetx"
> OF THE SAME WORKBOOK, it would be =Sheet2!A7. If the reference was to
> a completely
> different workbook (say Book1 with worksheets labeled "Sheet1",
> "Sheet2") then
> the cell might have =[Book1]Sheet1!A7.
>
> And don't forget the $'s! You may see =[Book1]Sheet1!$A$7.

Yes, Mensanator, but...  what re should I use? I'm looking for the re
statement. No doubt you can help!

Thank you.



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