Everybody who has spent some time working in a business of any size knows that Excel is ubiquitous. It’s surprising that there are so few companies out there working in the spreadsheet world.
Recently I had to create a bunch of Excel reports, and I took some time to explore ideas on how to structure a library for easy report creation. I took the excellent XlsxWriter library and built a few conveniences on top of it. Check out the first iteration of XlsxReports in my Github page.
The code to create a report looks like this:
#!/usr/bin/python2 """Example XLS report.""" __author__ = 'email@example.com' from XlsxReports.layout import ( HideOutsideLayout, PaddingLayout, TableLayout) from XlsxReports.style import ( EmptyStyle, FixedStyle, TableStyle) from XlsxReports.table import Table from XlsxReports.xls import new_workbook LIGHT_GREY = '#BBBBBB' def main(): workbook = new_workbook('my_file.xlsx') sheet = workbook.add_worksheet('TableData') table = Table('Data', ['Name', 'Id', 'Data']) table.add_row(['John', '1', 'First']) table.add_row(['Jane', '2', 'Second']) table_style = TableStyle(workbook, table) table_layout = TableLayout(table_style, table) padding_style = FixedStyle(workbook, '', LIGHT_GREY) padding_layout = PaddingLayout(padding_style, table_layout, 1, 1, 1, 1) overall_style = EmptyStyle(workbook) overall_layout = HideOutsideLayout(overall_style, padding_layout) start_position = (0, 0) overall_layout.draw(sheet, start_position) workbook.close() if __name__ == '__main__': main()
and generates an Excel spreadsheet like the following:
Please, let me know if you find it useful!