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Reading Data From a Spreadsheet with Roo
require 'roo'
# Spreadsheet courtesy of the A List Apart 2010 Web Design Survey:
workbook ='a-list-apart-web-design-survey-sample.xls')
# Set the worksheet you want to work with as the default worksheet. You could
# also iterate over all the worksheets in the workbook.
workbook.default_sheet = workbook.sheets[0]
# Create a hash of the headers so we can access columns by name (assuming row
# 1 contains the column headings). This will also grab any data in hidden
# columns.
headers =
workbook.row(1).each_with_index {|header,i|
headers[header] = i
# Iterate over the rows using the `first_row` and `last_row` methods. Skip
# the header row in the range.
((workbook.first_row + 1)..workbook.last_row).each do |row|
# Get the column data using the column heading.
age = workbook.row(row)[headers['What is your age in years?']]
gender = workbook.row(row)[headers['What is your gender?']]
most_identify_with = workbook.row(row)[headers['With which of these groups do you most identify?']]
global_region = workbook.row(row)[headers['In which global region are you located?']]
country = workbook.row(row)[headers['In which country are you located?']]
education = workbook.row(row)[headers['What is the highest level of education you have completed?']]
academics_helpfulness = workbook.row(row)[headers['How much have your academic studies helped you in your web work?']]
print "Row: #{age}, #{gender}, #{most_identify_with}, #{global_region}, #{country}, #{education}, #{academics_helpfulness}\n\n"
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