Bug 16985 - Problems with POI-created formula cells
Summary: Problems with POI-created formula cells
Alias: None
Product: POI
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HSSF (show other bugs)
Version: 2.0-pre3
Hardware: PC All
: P3 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: POI Developers List
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-02-12 09:28 UTC by Luca Billi
Modified: 2005-03-20 17:06 UTC (History)
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POI-created workbook (5.00 KB, application/octet-stream)
2003-02-12 09:30 UTC, Luca Billi
Excel-saved workbook (13.50 KB, application/octet-stream)
2003-02-12 09:31 UTC, Luca Billi

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Description Luca Billi 2003-02-12 09:28:56 UTC
I'm using jakarta-poi-1.9.0-dev-20030122.
If I create a workbook containing formulas and then I try to call 
cell.getNumericCellValue on formula cells, returns 0.0
(the same happens if I save the workbook on disk and then I read it again with 
If I open such a workbook with Excel2000, it works, but when I try to close the 
document (without any manual change), Excel prompts me with a question: "Do you 
want to save the changes you made to POI.xls? Microsoft Excel recalculates 
formulas when opening files last saved by an earlier version of Excel".
Now, if I say "yes", and I read the newly saved workbook with POI, the 
cell.getNumericCellValue on formula cells returns the correct value.

Here I put a short Java code presenting the problem, then I will attach two 
very simple xls (POI.xls and Excel.xls), the first created with POI and 
containing a formula cell that is not calculated by POI when asked to, the 
latter is the Excel saved version of the same workbook (it is quite bigger than 
the original).

HSSFWorkbook wb = new HSSFWorkbook();
HSSFSheet sh = wb.createSheet("Sheet");
HSSFRow row = sh.createRow((short) 0);
HSSFCell cell = row.createCell((short) 0);
cell = row.createCell((short) 1);
//wb.write(new FileOutputStream("POI.xls"));
//wb = new HSSFWorkbook(new FileInputStream("POI.xls"));
//cell = wb.getSheet("Sheet").getRow(0).getCell((short) 1);

This prints out:


The same happens if you uncomment the three commented lines

By the way, since I know that formulas are under development, today I wanted to 
download the last nightly release before submitting this bug, but I found the 
nightly directory is empty ...
Comment 1 Luca Billi 2003-02-12 09:30:43 UTC
Created attachment 4823 [details]
POI-created workbook
Comment 2 Luca Billi 2003-02-12 09:31:10 UTC
Created attachment 4824 [details]
Excel-saved workbook
Comment 3 Avik Sengupta 2003-10-27 13:57:43 UTC
I am sorry it took so long to respond, but for some reason this has slipped
under, and I hadnt read the bug report properly. What you describe is NOT a bug.
There is no calculation engine in POI. POI just puts the formula in the workbook
in a format that excel understands. It does NOT do any calculation. When you
open the file in excel, it is excel that calculates the result and stores in the
file. POI can only then read the value. 

Hope this explains how things work. If not, please continue to discuss this on
the  mailing lists, where we will be glad to help.