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From "Michael Neale" <michaelne...@internode.on.net>
Subject RE: AW: Reading XLS zip code +4 cells
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2005 22:49:43 GMT
Set the format to "Text" in excel. That ensures that values are always
interpreted as a string, regardless of what you type in.

I have a similar problem with date formats, with no easy solution as yet. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Tucker [mailto:mtucker@thoughtbot.com] 
Sent: Saturday, 4 June 2005 2:04 AM
To: POI Users List
Subject: Re: AW: Reading XLS zip code +4 cells

Thanks for the response Karl-Heinz,

How do I read a numeric column as a String?

Matt Tucker

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KHZ (SAW) wrote:

>Hi Matt.
>Why don't you use strings?
>Your format obviously is interpreted as a numeric format. So leading 
>zeros get lost. If you want to keep on with your solution you'll have 
>to format the resulting number to a string corresponding to your format 
>Regards,	Karl-Heinz.
>-----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
>Von: Matt Tucker [mailto:mtucker@thoughtbot.com]
>Gesendet: Freitag, 3. Juni 2005 17:41
>An: poi-user@jakarta.apache.org
>Betreff: Reading XLS zip code +4 cells
>I'm reading data from an XLS sheet using POI. One of the columns 
>contains data in the Excel Zip Code + 4 format. However, the values 
>are being returned are not in the correct format. For example, a zip 
>code value of 00009-4612 is being returned as 94612. After trying a 
>bunch of different things, here's a snippet of what I'm doing now:
>HSSFCellStyle zipStyle = hssfworkbook.createCellStyle(); 
>HSSFCell c = row.getCell(zipCol);
>if (cellType == HSSFCell.CELL_TYPE_NUMERIC) {
>    Double D = new Double(c.getNumericCellValue());
>    Integer I = new Integer(D.intValue());
>    double d = D.doubleValue();
>    int i = I.intValue();
>    if(d > i)
>    {
>        returnString = D.toString();
>    }
>    returnString = I.toString();
>else if (cellType == HSSFCell.CELL_TYPE_STRING) returnString = 
>c.getStringCellValue(); else if (cellType == 
>HSSFCell.CELL_TYPE_FORMULA) returnString = c.getCellFormula();
>I know I'm probably doing something very, very wrong so if someone 
>point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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