Creating Reports with Ruby and Microsoft Office


For many businesspeople, knowing how to use a computer means knowing how to use Microsoft Office running under Microsoft Windows on a PC. While adoption of open source office software like and open source operating systems like Linux is on the rise—and many developers, including myself, strongly prefer them—Microsoft software in ubiquitous in corporate America. Of course, this is less of an issue for web-based applications, since HTML is well standardized, and with a relatively small amount of effort, you can produce applications that work across platforms. However, occasionally, you’ll still need to interact directly with applications running on Microsoft Windows systems, which can be difficult, since Microsoft Office programs have proprietary, relatively closed formats.


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