Blue Prism Product

 View Only
last person joined: 18 hours ago 

This community covers the core Blue Prism RPA product.

  • 1.  Get number of cells in an excel

    Posted 02-15-2022 08:33
    Hi Community, does anyone know a way to count number of cells present inside a particular column of a sheet.

    The requirement is to get the random value from any column, as of now i am following the below steps:

    • Counting total number of rows, let's say it's 10.
    • Generating a random number between 1 and 10.
    • Returning the collection value of that particular random number i.e. it acts as an index.
    The problem with this approach is that we are having dependency in the first step, to count number of rows we must have equal number of cells in every column, else it may return the blank value. Just want to remove that dependency.
    If someone has a better approach then i am open to that as well.
    Thanks

    ------------------------------
    Udit Khanna
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Get number of cells in an excel

    Posted 02-15-2022 08:47
    Hi Udit,

    For this use case you can use the "Data - OLEDB" VBO which will read your excel file as a database using the ODBC drivers. In order to properly work with this VBO, you can refer to the following training LMS as well: Blue Prism Guide To OLEDB

    - For this VBO to work, you need to install the Microsoft Access Database Engine which you can get from Microsoft's website as well which is given under the training resources. Once you get the DLL installed. You can use the action "Set Connection" of the "Data - OLEDB" VBO to first establish a successful connection with your excel file by providing a valid connection string, for example, Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=<FILE_PATH>;Extended Properties="Excel 12.0;HDR=YES";

    You can try replacing the highlighted text with the actual file path consisting of the file name and extension along with the full file path. For example: "C:\Test\Test.xlsx"

    NOTE: Many times the connection string may not work depending on the excel version and Extended Properties. In case it does not work you can refer to the following website where you can find all the alternatives to your connection string to try upon: Connection Strings

    - After this action you can use the "Open" action of the "Data - OLEDB" VBO to open the connection to the excel file and then use "Get Collection" of the "Data - OLEDB" VBO action to execute the query which you want to send in order to fetch the data which in your case would be the count for a specific column. The query format is more or less like your SQL queries which you can use like SELECT COUNT(COLUMN_NAME) FROM SHEET_NAME$COLUMN_LETTER:COLUMNLETTER


    Substitute the 'COLUMN_NAME' value with the actual header name that you have and the 'SHEET_NAME' with the actual sheet name you have. Also you can substitute the 'COLUMN_LETTER' with the that specific column heading if you want to limit the range,


    This action will provide you the count of entire result set of this query into a collection. You can use this value going ahead in your automation

    - Post this you can now close the connection by using "Close" action of the "Data - OLEDB" VBO.


    Also, if you get some error while installing the MS Access Database Engine, I have a exe setup file for it, since I don't remember the exact source URL from where I downloaded it but I am sharing the drive link where I have that exe file saved: Access Database Engine Installation

    DISCLAIMER : Please download at your own risk as it is not being provided or promoted by me.

    ------------------------------
    ----------------------------------
    Hope it helps you and if it resolves you query please mark it as the best answer so that others having the same problem can track the answer easily

    Regards,
    Devneet Mohanty
    Intelligent Process Automation Consultant | Sr. Consultant - Automation Developer,
    Wonderbotz India Pvt. Ltd.
    Blue Prism Community MVP | Blue Prism 7x Certified Professional
    Website: https://devneet.github.io/
    Email: devneetmohanty07@gmail.com

    ----------------------------------
    ------------------------------



Welcome to the Blue Prism RPA Product Community!

Whether you’re looking to manage a complex infrastructure, maintain security and compliance, bring new products to market faster, or gain operational speed and agility in an uncertain economy, Blue Prism delivers — with the flexibility you need to create the business you want. From deployment on-premise, through a cloud service provider or as SaaS, to a skillful and adaptable digital workforce that continually expands to meet your enterprise needs, you can gain enhanced operational insight and control while your people reclaim the time they need to focus on great work.

Product PageKnowledge BaseBlue Prism Training Offering
Product Research ProgramUpdates, Releases & Announcements

FAQs

Blue Prism is intelligent automation — business-developed, no-code automation that pushes the boundaries of robotic process automation (RPA) to deliver value across any business process in a connected enterprise.

A combination of RPA with expanded cognitive and AI capabilities, Blue Prism is different than other automation technology on the market. With one Blue Prism license, you gain instant access to an already AI equipped digital workforce, along with the tools you need to build and delegate automations. Click here for more information on Blue Prism and Intelligent Automation.
To learn more about how Blue Prism RPA can help your organization and how much it will cost to get started, please Contact our Sales department.
Blue Prism RPA can be downloaded from our customer portal. If you would like to consume or download any material it is necessary to create an account on the Portal. Once you have registered, you can access the download options for Blue Prism here.
Yes! Installed on your own machine and supported by our training materials and product documentation, you can use all the features of the full enterprise product for free with our Blue Prism Trial – giving you the opportunity to learn the basics before moving to a full production implementation. Click here for more information and to download the trial.
Yes! You can access our known issue list for Blue Prism from our Support Portal.
Regardless of your industry, Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce can adhere to strict governance and compliance standards without limiting productivity. Click here for more information on how your industry can benefit from Blue Prism.