Bug 59278

Summary: Inconsistent behavior for Cell.getErrorCellValue on blank cells
Product: POI Reporter: Javen O'Neal <onealj>
Component: SS CommonAssignee: POI Developers List <dev>
Status: NEW ---    
Severity: enhancement    
Priority: P2    
Version: 3.15-dev   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: PC   
OS: All   

Description Javen O'Neal 2016-04-06 08:37:10 UTC
Consistency between HSSFCell, XSSFCell, and SXSSFCell:

HSSFCell throws an error on blank cells despite the javadocs saying 0 is returned. 
XSSFCell throws an error on blank cells.
SXSSFCell returns 0 on blank cells.

If we upgrade getErrorCellValue() from returning a byte to a FormulaError enum, then we would either need to add an enum value corresponding to "no error" or make the functions throw type mismatch (InvalidStateException) like the other cell types. I'm in favor of making SXSSFCell behave the same as HSSFCell and XSSFCell here and updating the documentation.
Comment 1 Nick Burch 2016-04-06 08:57:03 UTC
I think that fetching an error value from a non-error cell should behave like fetching a string value from a non-string cell. So, I'd vote for updating the javadocs and having the InvalidStateException in SXSSF