11-22-2014, 04:46 PM (This post was last modified: 11-22-2014 05:30 PM by rbiondi.)
Post: #1
 rbiondi Junior Member Posts: 5 Joined: Nov 2014
Hello,

I'm writing an application for my HP Prime and need some help. Do you know how may I get the following information from a Spreadsheet of Prime, programmatically?

- The name of the column. I've tried Cell(0,i) but didn't work.
- The number of filled rows and columns (row and column count)?
- Other question is if is possible clearing the screen after using several PRINT commands.

Thank you very much for your help,
Rogerio
11-22-2014, 05:36 PM
Post: #2
 DrD Senior Member Posts: 1,117 Joined: Feb 2014
RE: Get information of Spreadsheet App in a program.
Use the cell location as a variable name.

You can use the cell name variable in functions and commands.
(Say, cell B2 contains 62.5, then):

Example: Enter f(x):=x^2;

Enter f(b2) ---> 3906.25
-or-
Enter f(B2) ---> 3906.25
11-22-2014, 05:38 PM
Post: #3
 DrD Senior Member Posts: 1,117 Joined: Feb 2014
You can clear the print screen with nothing in the parens:

PRINT();
11-22-2014, 05:40 PM
Post: #4
 rbiondi Junior Member Posts: 5 Joined: Nov 2014
Thank you for reply. I'm trying to get the column names. For example, if I set the name of A column to "Temperature" in the Spreadsheet App, I'd like to get the name of that column in my program.

Best regards,
Rogerio
11-22-2014, 05:47 PM (This post was last modified: 11-22-2014 05:55 PM by DrD.)
Post: #5
 DrD Senior Member Posts: 1,117 Joined: Feb 2014
Per the USER GUIDE: Page 192 Chapter 10 Spreadsheet

Using names in calculations
The name you give a cell, row, or column can be used in a formula. For example, if you name a cell TOTAL, you could enter in another cell the formula =TOTAL*1.1.

IF column A is named "Temp" then Temp1 refers to the first cell in that column, and temp2 the second cell, etc.:

Temp1 has 32
Temp2 has 4
Temp1 * Temp2 ---> 128
11-22-2014, 06:16 PM
Post: #6
 Han Senior Member Posts: 1,810 Joined: Dec 2013
(11-22-2014 04:46 PM)rbiondi Wrote:  Hello,

I'm writing an application for my HP Prime and need some help. Do you know how may I get the following information from a Spreadsheet of Prime, programmatically?

- The name of the column. I've tried Cell(0,i) but didn't work.
- The number of filled rows and columns (row and column count)?
- Other question is if is possible clearing the screen after using several PRINT commands.

Thank you very much for your help,
Rogerio

1. There is currently no means (that I know of) to extract the name of a column if you've renamed it in the Spreadsheet app. Here's hoping something like A0, B0, etc will be allowed for reference to column names in future firmwares.
2. For this, the best you can do is to use (in Home screen):

count("x->(x<>0)", A1:A5)

and it will count the number of non-zero cells (similar to Microsoft's Excel). However, this is not a perfect solution since empty cells are considered to be filled with 0 (even if they physically are empty in the Spreadsheet). So this will miscount if you have an actual cell with value 0. Perhaps the devs will provide an actual COUNT, COUNTA, COUNTIF, and COUNTBLANK commands similar to those in Excel.
3. Typing PRINT() with no arguments should clear the screen.

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11-22-2014, 07:05 PM
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 Marcus von Cube Senior Member Posts: 760 Joined: Dec 2013
(11-22-2014 04:46 PM)rbiondi Wrote:  - The name of the column. I've tried Cell(0,i) but didn't work.
- The number of filled rows and columns (row and column count)?
You can access a row with the syntax A:A and SIZE(A:A) returns the number of values in the first column.

I couldn't find a way to access the column name, just the names of single cells can be accessed with A1(2). A1(-1) returns a list with attributes for a cell, A:A(-1) the same for the first column as a list of lists. (cf. Help->HP Apps->Spreadsheet->Spreadsheet Variables->Cell References and Cell.)

There seems to be bug in the Cell function: The notation Cell(1,1,n) works well while Cell(0,1,n) or Cell(0,0,n) seems to return 0 in any case.

Marcus von Cube
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11-22-2014, 07:49 PM
Post: #8
 Han Senior Member Posts: 1,810 Joined: Dec 2013
(11-22-2014 07:05 PM)Marcus von Cube Wrote:  You can access a row with the syntax A:A and SIZE(A:A) returns the number of values in the first column.

Very cool (need to write this down for my own benefit), but there seems to be something odd with this. If column A has cells 1 through 3 filled, and column B is blank, then B:B returns {0,0,0}. The behavior seems to suggest that this gives you a list whose size is the size of the longest column, and all other columns are internally filled with 0 where needed to form a similarly sized column. (The same goes for rows using $2:$2 to refer to row 2)

Quote:I couldn't find a way to access the column name, just the names of single cells can be accessed with A1(2). A1(-1) returns a list with attributes for a cell, A:A(-1) the same for the first column as a list of lists. (cf. Help->HP Apps->Spreadsheet->Spreadsheet Variables->Cell References and Cell.)

There seems to be bug in the Cell function: The notation Cell(1,1,n) works well while Cell(0,1,n) or Cell(0,0,n) seems to return 0 in any case.

I was not familiar with the Cell(x,y,z) notation. It seems that Cell(1,2,3) is equivalent to A2(3). I think that Cell(x,y,n) where x=0 or y=0 doesn't return anything because there's no corresponding row 0 or column 0. For example, Cell(1,2) is the same as A2. So Cell(0,1) would refer to column 0 and row 1 (which isn't a valid cell). Maybe one of the developers can weigh in on this.

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11-23-2014, 09:42 AM
Post: #9
 Marcus von Cube Senior Member Posts: 760 Joined: Dec 2013
(11-22-2014 07:49 PM)Han Wrote:  I think that Cell(x,y,n) where x=0 or y=0 doesn't return anything because there's no corresponding row 0 or column 0. For example, Cell(1,2) is the same as A2. So Cell(0,1) would refer to column 0 and row 1 (which isn't a valid cell). Maybe one of the developers can weigh in on this.

According to the help, Cell(0,col) should return the complete column but all I get is 0.

Marcus von Cube
Wehrheim, Germany
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http://mvcsys.de/doc/basic-compare.html
11-23-2014, 10:59 PM
Post: #10
 rbiondi Junior Member Posts: 5 Joined: Nov 2014