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What is the licensing for this? I couldn't tell whether this was free, if I had to pay, if it was open source, GPL, etc.



It's a free beta. We'll be charging for it down the line, but you can use this however you like for now. (It's not open source, though.)

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Why would I use this when I can already connect to Excel using COM for free?

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That's the most perfectly ambiguous sentence I've ever seen on here, I actually can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Are you?

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It was a real question.

COM isn't hot new technology, but it works, costs $0 above and beyond Excel, and can access as much (or more) of Excel.

The reason I ask is that after a quick look, the IronSpread examples don't look too much different than accessing Excel via plain old COM. [1]

And there's even a chapter in a book [2] for accessing Excel from Python through COM.

And example code [3] for wrapping Excel COM in a Python class.

I guess put another way, my question would be what does IronSpread offer above and beyond the regular access from COM?

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/441758/driving-excel-from... (the second answer)

[2] http://my.safaribooksonline.com/1565926218/ch09-84996

[3] http://dzone.com/snippets/script-excel-python

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When I use COM, it's usually free.

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Why would I use this when I can already connect to Excel using PyWin32+COM and be able to interact with Excel in Python for free?

FTFY

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This is for extending Excel. I'm not sure how easy it is with COM (I'm sure it's possible) but you are paying them to make it easy for you.

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> We'll be charging for it down the line

Implement billing. Now. No excuses.

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