Serious flaw importing data from Excel files?

Discussion created by hjgunn@mmedia.is on Mar 29, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 29, 2014 by hjgunn@mmedia.is

I have three folders that contain up to 100 Excel documents each.

All documents in one folder are the same type with the same number of workbooks named the same in each document


I have three scripts, one for each folder.


In each script I let the user select the folder to import from.

I then populate a $ variable with the folder path

Another $ variable is then populated with a list of the folder's contents

I then open a loop and import data from each of the douments into up to five tables in FM.


Works like a charm except that it just get's the data from each documents first workbook.

It seems FM has forgotten to add an entry method for the Workbook Parameter.

It is being displayed as Workbook = "" in the script step but no entry method seems to be available




Manually I can tell FM to get data from the correct workbooks but in script it never invites me to enter a $Var_Workbook parameter.


Is this really so or am I missing something here?




A very clumsy workaround would be to:

First populate the folders with all the files needed.

Then add one Import script step for every file in that folder.

Then import


Next time I need to import the files I would then have to make sure that the files are named in the same way as before and if I add any new files I would need to add more import script steps to my scripts.

Besides if the client new that I implemented something like this he would probably think me nuts and go look for a developer that knew what he was doing. :-(




It's just impossible that a company like FM oversaw the need for a vital option like this.

So please tell me what I'm overseeing here...