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Excel-Template (0.31) ***

Having used Spreadsheet::WriteExcel and Spreadsheet::WriteExcel::Simple to generate reports, I like the idea of a module that deals with a data structure without my having to write any new code.

Within 15 minutes of discovering the module, I had a tidy, well-formatted Excel spreadsheet containing a complex report on multiple worksheets.

The module lets itself down by inventing a new templating syntax, although Excel::Template::TT, which I discovered afterwards, looks interesting for those of us who like Template Toolkit.

I didn't find the documentation as easy to follow as some of CPAN's best modules, but I managed to work things out looking through the collection of test cases.

Overall, I find this a neat way to generate Excel spreadsheets in Perl. I'm sure I'll use it again.

Excel-Template (0.12) ***

Good idea: could be very useful, but the subset of Excel is really too little (e.g. it does not support colours).