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Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday festivities. :dance:

I'm working on a script that involves copying a string of text from an Excel workbook and searching for it in a particular website's search tool. If a result is found, it will do something. If not, it will do something else.

So far, it can successfully execute the search -- and then it shows me the results in an array.

Screenshot of the successful search:


The search results in an array:



Here's the code (sorry for all my comments):

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#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPIFiles.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
#include <File.au3>
#include <Excel.au3>
#include <DateTimeConstants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>
#include <WinAPIShellEx.au3>
#include <Date.au3>
#include <ComboConstants.au3>
#include <Misc.au3>
#include <WinAPIProc.au3>
#include <WinAPISys.au3>
#include <WinAPIConstants.au3>
#include <Crypt.au3>
#include <ColorConstants.au3>
#include <guimenu.au3>
#include <IE.au3>

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  ;~    2. Credentials
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  Global $bbPassword = "PW"
  ;~  3. Search page
  Global $urlBBCourseSearch = "website.com/search"

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$FileName = GUICtrlCreateLabel("[No File Selected]", 104, 40, 88, 17)
$Group1 = GUICtrlCreateGroup("Functions", 8, 72, 449, 65)
$CheckCourse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Check Courses Exist", 24, 96, 123, 25)
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$CopyCourse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Copy Courses", 312, 96, 123, 25)
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While 1
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;~  The user has clicked the "Select File" button, the _LocateGetFileName() function is performed. Go there.
        Case $UI = $Select
;~  The user has clicked the "Check Courses Exist" button.
        Case $UI = $CheckCourse
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Func _LocateGetFileName()
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    Local $sDrive = "", $sDir = "", $sFileName = "", $sExtension = ""
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    Global $ChosenFileName = FileOpenDialog("Locate File", @DesktopDir, "Excel Files (*.xlsx)|Excel Macro Files (*.xlsm)", BitOR(1, 2), "")
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        Return 0
;~  When an Excel file is selected, remember of the files location (path), file name, and file extension.
    $aPathSplit = _PathSplit($ChosenFileName, $sDrive, $sDir, $sFileName, $sExtension)
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    MsgBox(0, "Selected File", $sFileName)
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    $FileName = GUICtrlSetColor($FileName, 0x32CD32)
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    GUICtrlSetState($CheckCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($DeleteCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($CopyCourse, $GUI_ENABLE)
EndFunc   ;==>_LocateGetFileName

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    GUICtrlSetState($DeleteCourse, $GUI_DISABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($CopyCourse, $GUI_DISABLE)
;~  Open a IE window and navigate to the login page.
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;~  Now that were logged in, navigate to the course search page.
    _IENavigate($oIE, $urlBBCourseSearch)
;~  Change the search criteria to "Course ID"
    _bbCourseSearchCategoryChange("Course ID")
;~  Open the selected Excel file
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    Local $oWorkbook = _Excel_BookOpen($oAppl, $ChosenFileName, Default, Default, True)

;~ Copy just whats in cell A1 (for now)
    _Excel_RangeCopyPaste($oWorkbook.Worksheets(1), "A1")
    Global $WhatsCopied = ClipGet()
;~ Paste whats copied into the search text box and click submit
    Local $oForm = _IEGetObjByName($oIE, "courseManagerFormSearch")
    Local $oSearchString = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "courseInfoSearchText")
    _IEFormElementSetValue($oSearchString, $WhatsCopied)

;~ Lets see what we got from the search
    Local $oBBTable = _IETableGetCollection($oIE, 2)
    Local $aBBTableData = _IETableWriteToArray($oBBTable)
EndFunc   ;==>_CheckCourses

;~ This function allows changing the search criteria.
Func _bbCourseSearchCategoryChange($sCategoryToSearch)
    Local $aSearchCategory[6] = ["Course ID", "Course Name", "Description", "Instructor", "Data Source Key", "Term"]
    Local $oForm = _IEGetObjByName($oIE, "courseManagerFormSearch")
    Local $oSearchCategory = _IEGetObjByName($oForm, "courseInfoSearchKeyString")
    _IEAction($oSearchCategory, "focus")
    _IEFormElementOptionSelect($oSearchCategory, $aSearchCategory[$sCategoryToSearch], 1, "byText")
EndFunc   ;==>_bbCourseSearchCategoryChange

;~ All exit commands, including F4, calls this function
Func _Exit()
EndFunc   ;==>_Exit


My main question is: How do I create an If... Then based on what is found in the search results? I need additional tasks to run if Col 1, Row 2 in the array contains the exact string I searched for. (Am I going about this the right way?)

My next question (I might make a new thread for): How do I make the whole thing loop, as in, copy the next cell in the Excel sheet and do the whole thing over again until there's no more? I understand that a For/Next loop thingy would be used. I just don't know how. Loops are really confusing to me.

Thank you all for your guidance and have a happy new year!

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You can use _ArraySearch to find the index of the search item and if it equals -1 then you know the item was not found for example:

$iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
    MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
    MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])

You can loop through the array by using the following, I've included both 1d and 2d example,

;~ 1d Array
Local $1dArray = [1,2,3,4,5]
Local $2dArray = [[1,10],[2,20],[3,30],[4,40],[5,50]]

;~ Instruction to loop from first row (0) to the last row (Ubound($1dArray) - 1) within the array
For $i = 0 To UBound($1dArray) - 1
    ;~ $1dArray[Row#]
    ;~ Example: $1dArray[$i] - Returns the row item
    ConsoleWrite($1dArray[$i] & @CRLF)

;~ Instruction to loop from first row (0) to the last row (Ubound($2dArray) - 1) within the array
For $i = 0 To UBound($2dArray) - 1
    ;~ $2dArray[Row#][Column#]
    ;~ Example: $2dArray[$i][0] - Returns the rows first column item
    ;~ Example: $2dArray[$i][1] - Returns the rows second column item
    ConsoleWrite($2dArray[$i][0] & " = " & $2dArray[$i][1] & @CRLF)


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Posted (edited)

OK, I see what you're saying, but there's something weird about this website... I'm getting a "successful" search result even when nothing is found.

For example, I made it search for "blahblahblah", which definitely does not exist, and the array is still able to grab something and gave me the "Search Success" outcome.

I used ArrayDisplay to see exactly what it found, and it's this:


^So this is actually a "failed" search...

Any suggestions? :think:


[Edit] My mistake, even with this result I got the "Search Error" msgbox so I guess it's working. Let me see if I can get it to do the thing now... Thank you! [Edit]

Edited by XinYoung

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Can you post your _ArraySearch code and also can you show the actual result of _ArraySearch?

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From a good search, I get this array:


I used your exact code for _ArraySearch:

Func Forums()
    $iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
    If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])
EndFunc   ;==>Forums

Which gives me this: 



--> But if I change "Instructor Name" to "Course ID", I get the Search Error result. Why is that? I need it to find the Course ID. 

Func Forums()
    $iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Course ID", 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)
    If $iSearchIndex = -1 Then
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Error", "Item not found")
        MsgBox(4096, "Search Success", $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][0] & " = " & $aBBTableData[$iSearchIndex][1])
EndFunc   ;==>Forums




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Can you try a partial search, might be other hidden characters in the string.

$iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0)


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I think that "True" has to be set for the last parameter for the sub-index to be the search target in a 2d array.

$iSearchIndex = _ArraySearch($aBBTableData, "Instructor Name", 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, True)


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I believe the last parameter selects row to search rather than column to search.

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OMG the partial search fixed it!


Now I can try to make it do things! Thank you so much and happy new year!

I'll be back real soon :sweating:

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      "C:\Users\johndoe\Desktop\AutoIt Test\AutoIt_Read spreadsheet 1 - write spreadsheet 2-version2.au3" (25) : ==> Array variable has incorrect number of subscripts or subscript dimension range exceeded.: MsgBox(0,"Test","Test",$SourceEntry[1]) MsgBox(0,"Test","Test",^ ERROR >Exit code: 1 Time: 1.804 Here is the code:
      #include<Array.au3> #include<Excel.au3> ;-------------------Read from Source--------------------------- Local $oExcel_Source = _Excel_Open() Local $sWorkbook = "C:\Users\johndoe\Desktop\AutoIt Test\AutoIt_Testing_SOURCE.xlsx" Local $oWorkbook = _Excel_BookOpen($oExcel_Source,$sWorkbook) Local $SourceRow = 3 ;--eventually will be used to iterate through the rows, one at a time Local $SourceEntry[5] = _Excel_RangeRead($oWorkbook,Default,"A"&$SourceRow&":E"&$SourceRow) _ArrayDisplay($SourceEntry, "1D Display") ;--Displays array values correctly MsgBox(0,"Test","Test",$SourceEntry[1]) ;--Gives error, for any index in the array I want to make sure I can read the values of the array individually, before I try putting them into another document. This is because I've got to add some checks against the values already existing in the destination spreadsheet before any manipulation. I've spent the last hour or more googling that error and reading multiple posts where that error is meaning many different things, so unsure EXACTLY what the problem is. Would greatly appreciate a fix and/or explanation as well as patience with my noob-ness.
      Thanks in advance
    • SlackerAl
      By SlackerAl
      I appreciate this seems like a trivial question, but my searching has failed....
      I was using a 1D array as follows:
      Local $DataName[3] = [2, $sBaseFileName, $sUpdatedFileName] And all was OK. I then wanted to separate the declaration from the assignment and assumed I could do something like:
      Local $DataName[3] $DataName = [2, $sBaseFileName, $sUpdatedFileName] ;or $DataName[] = [2, $sBaseFileName, $sUpdatedFileName] But I see I cannot. I am aware that I can add the 3 elements 1 at a time with _ArrayAdd, but is there a simple inline method like I was trying for?