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XSSFFormulaEvaluator evaluate() method

Suba Muru

Joined: Dec 17, 2012
Posts: 2
Hi all,

I am using the 'evaluate' method of XSSFFormulaEvaluator. I need to know if this method will evaluate all the formula, if any, of the referenced cells as well.
To simplify my question:
I have a cell C1 which references A1 and B1. A1 in turn contains a formula referring to some other sheet of the same workbook, likewise B1 also has a formula,for eg, vlookup of some other sheet. In that case, if I call the evaluate method on C1, will that in turn evaluate the values of A1 and B1,and give me the resulting value of C1 based on these calculated values of A1 and B1?

Thanks for any inputs.

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42954
That should be easy to test by creating a small spreadsheet and writing a few lines of POI code, no?
Suba Muru

Joined: Dec 17, 2012
Posts: 2
Hi, Thanks for the suggestion. I did that and tested. Looks like it evaluates formulae of referenced cells as well. But still I need someone who has worked on it to confirm. B'cos the workbook that I use contains a hell lot of formula and I do not want to take a chance.
I agree. Here's the link:
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