This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I am using Apache POI to read data from Excel worksheets. The defined types of cell are STRING, NUMERIC, BOOLEAN, BLANK, FORMULA and ERROR. When accessing a date column I think POI computes the date field eg. 12/12/2000 and returns a decimal value and the type of this column is NUMERIC. How do I get the exact contents as a STRING without any mathematical operation (division) being performed?