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Hello everyone, I am working on a project which requires reading a few values from Excel, the catch is that I need it to be very fast... unfortunatley I found out that read operations using the supplied Excel UDF are very slow, more than 150 ms for each operation on average :(

Here is my testing setup that I made:

#include <Excel.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

Global $iTotalTime = 0

Test()

Func Test()
    Local $oExcel = _Excel_Open()
    Local $oBook = _Excel_BookAttach("Test.xlsx", "FileName", $oExcel)
    Local $sSheet = "Sheet1"
    If @error Then Return MsgBox($MB_ICONERROR, "Excel Failed", "Failed to attach to Excel")

    Local $iNum
    For $iRow = 1 To 6
        Time()
        Local $iNum = Number(_Excel_RangeRead($oBook, $sSheet, "A" & $iRow))
        If ($iNum = 1) Then
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow & " is 1 and value of column B is " & _Excel_RangeRead($oBook, $sSheet, "B" & $iRow))
        Else
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow & " is not 1")
        EndIf
        ConsoleWrite(". Reading took: ")
        Time()
    Next
    ConsoleWrite("The whole operation took " & $iTotalTime & " milliseconds." & @CRLF)
EndFunc

Func Time()
    Local Static $hTimer
    Local Static $bRunning = False
    If $bRunning Then
        Local $iTime = Round(TimerDiff($hTimer), 2)
        $iTotalTime += $iTime
        ConsoleWrite($iTime & @CRLF)
    Else
        $hTimer = TimerInit()
    EndIf
    $bRunning = Not $bRunning
EndFunc

And Test.xlsx in CSV format:

1,-1
-1,1
1,-1
1,1
-1,-1
1,1

Here is the actual xlsx but it should expire in a week: https://we.tl/t-EVkxGp1kc6

And finally output from my script:

Row 1 is 1 and value of column B is -1. Reading took: 276.06
Row 2 is not 1. Reading took: 163.36
Row 3 is 1 and value of column B is -1. Reading took: 302.58
Row 4 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 294.65
Row 5 is not 1. Reading took: 152.33
Row 6 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 284.92
The whole operation took 1473.9 milliseconds.

 

Taking ~1.5 seconds for reading 6 rows of data is bad for my script, which needs to run as fast as possible :(. It would be nice if I can bring this down to 100 ms somehow, I am not very experienced working with MS office so I thought about asking you folks for help and advice on how I can optimize my script to squeeze out every bit of performance that I can get from this script :D

 

Thanks for the help in advance!

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7 minutes ago, FrancescoDiMuro said:

Does this file need to be in XLSX or you can convert it in CSV format as you did above? :)

Good question, the only reason I am using XLSX is because I need Excel to automatically update those values via an addon. Otherwise I would simply have used CSV or anything else which is appropriate :)

I gave the CSV because it is easier to paste it here... and I could not provide the xlsx file permanently without using up my attachment space.

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As you are only reading a few rows/columns I would use _Excel_RangeRead to read the whole used range and then process the returned array.

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I have modified my original script to read all the data once instead of one by one for every cell... and boy are the speed gains huge! :D

#include <Array.au3>
#include <Excel.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

Global $iTotalTime = 0

Test()

Func Test()
    Local $oExcel = _Excel_Open()
    Local $oBook = _Excel_BookAttach("Test.xlsx", "FileName", $oExcel)
    Local $sSheet = "Sheet1"
    If @error Then Return MsgBox($MB_ICONERROR, "Excel Failed", "Failed to attach to Excel")

    Local $iNum
    Time()
    Local $aData = _Excel_RangeRead($oBook, $sSheet, "A1:B6")
    Time()
    _ArrayDisplay($aData)
    For $iRow = 0 To 5
        Time()
        Local $iNum = Number($aData[$iRow][0])
        If $iNum = 1 Then
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow + 1 & " is 1 and value of column B is " & $aData[$iRow][0])
        Else
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow + 1 & " is not 1")
        EndIf
        ConsoleWrite(". Reading took: ")
        Time()
    Next
    ConsoleWrite("The whole operation took " & $iTotalTime & " milliseconds." & @CRLF)
EndFunc

Func Time()
    Local Static $hTimer
    Local Static $bRunning = False
    If $bRunning Then
        Local $iTime = Round(TimerDiff($hTimer), 2)
        $iTotalTime += $iTime
        ConsoleWrite($iTime & @CRLF)
    Else
        $hTimer = TimerInit()
    EndIf
    $bRunning = Not $bRunning
EndFunc
120.15
Row 1 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.07
Row 2 is not 1. Reading took: 0.02
Row 3 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.02
Row 4 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.02
Row 5 is not 1. Reading took: 0.01
Row 6 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.02
The whole operation took 120.31 milliseconds.

From ~1500 ms to ~120 ms, that is a huge 12.5x improvement in speed :thumbsup:

And even most of that is the first initial call to Angered, definitely going to try this method of caching in my project... I actually feel a bit dumb not having tried this before asking :lol:

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You learn something new each day :)

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I discovered another way to hugely cut up the speed... by using the inbuilt AutoIt transpose function! Just set $bForceFunc parameter to true and enjoy the gains :)

#include <Array.au3>
#include <Excel.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

Global $iTotalTime = 0

Test()

Func Test()
    Local $oExcel = _Excel_Open()
    Local $oBook = _Excel_BookAttach("Test.xlsx", "FileName", $oExcel)
    Local $sSheet = "Sheet1"
    If @error Then Return MsgBox($MB_ICONERROR, "Excel Failed", "Failed to attach to Excel")

    Local $iNum
    Time()
    Local $aData = _Excel_RangeRead($oBook, $sSheet, "A1:B6", 1, True)
    Time()
    _ArrayDisplay($aData)
    For $iRow = 0 To 5
        Time()
        Local $iNum = Number($aData[$iRow][0])
        If $iNum = 1 Then
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow + 1 & " is 1 and value of column B is " & $aData[$iRow][0])
        Else
            ConsoleWrite("Row " & $iRow + 1 & " is not 1")
        EndIf
        ConsoleWrite(". Reading took: ")
        Time()
    Next
    ConsoleWrite("The whole operation took " & $iTotalTime & " milliseconds." & @CRLF)
EndFunc

Func Time()
    Local Static $hTimer
    Local Static $bRunning = False
    If $bRunning Then
        Local $iTime = Round(TimerDiff($hTimer), 2)
        $iTotalTime += $iTime
        ConsoleWrite($iTime & @CRLF)
    Else
        $hTimer = TimerInit()
    EndIf
    $bRunning = Not $bRunning
EndFunc
24.44
Row 1 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.04
Row 2 is not 1. Reading took: 0.01
Row 3 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.01
Row 4 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.02
Row 5 is not 1. Reading took: 0.01
Row 6 is 1 and value of column B is 1. Reading took: 0.01
The whole operation took 24.54 milliseconds.

From 1500 ms to 120 ms, and finally to 25 ms, that is an astonishing 60x improvement in total :D

The excel function for transposing must really suck... or it accounts for a lot of things that our array transpose function cannot. Either way, I am happy with the outcome.

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    • By Hermes
      I have an html table that displays data along with an excel spreadsheet that has the same data as the html table. I am wanting to only match the Title column in my html table with the Title column in my Excel spreadsheet. If the titles match, click on the Edit hyperlink and continue to loop to next row. The issue I'm experience is its not matching correctly. So far  i've written the codes below:
      <table border="1" class="test"> <tr> <th> UniqueID</th> <th> Title</th> <th> UserID</th> <th> Address</th> <th> Gender </th> </tr> <tr> <td> 1 </td> <td> Title1 </td> <td> 12345 </td> <td> Manila </td> <td> <span> Male </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" colspan="5"> <a href="#" class="testlink">Edit</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 2 </td> <td> Title2 </td> <td> 67891 </td> <td> Valenzuela </td> <td> <span> Female </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" colspan="5" > <a href="#" class="testlink">Edit</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 3 </td> <td> Title3 </td> <td> 88888 </td> <td> Ohio </td> <td> <span> Male </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" colspan="5" > <a href="#" class="testlink">Edit</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 4 </td> <td> Title4 </td> <td> 77777 </td> <td> California </td> <td> <span> Female </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" colspan="5" > <a href="#" class="testlink">Edit</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 5 </td> <td> Title5 </td> <td> 33333 </td> <td> Arizona </td> <td> <span> Male </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" colspan="5" > <a href="#" class="testlink">Edit</a> </td> </tr> </table> #Include "Chrome.au3" #Include "wd_core.au3" #Include "wd_helper.au3" #Include "Excel.au3" #Include "_HtmlTable2Array.au3" #Include "Array.au3" Local $sDesiredCapabilities, $sSession SetupChrome() _WD_Startup() $sSession = _WD_CreateSession($sDesiredCapabilities) _WD_LoadWait($sSession) _WD_Navigate($sSession, "index.html") Sleep(6000) Local $oExcel = _Excel_Open() Local $oWorkbook = _Excel_BookOpen($oExcel, "test.xlsx") ; Get the table element $sElement = _WD_FindElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByXPath, "//table[@class='test']") ; Retrieve HTML $sHTML = _WD_ElementAction($sSession, $sElement, "Property", "outerHTML") ;Local $aTable = _HtmlTableGetWriteToArray($sHTML) Local $aArray1 = _Excel_RangeRead($oWorkbook,1,$oWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Usedrange.Columns("B:B")) Local $aArray2 = _HtmlTableGetWriteToArray($sHTML) ;_ArrayDisplay($aArray1) ;_ArrayDisplay($aArray2) For $i = UBound($aArray1) - 1 To 0 step - 1 For $j = UBound($aArray2) - 1 to 0 step - 1 If $aArray1[$i][1] == $aArray2[$j][1] Then _WD_WaitElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByXPath, "//a[contains(@class,'testlink') or contains(text(),'Edit')]") $test1 = _WD_FindElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByXPath, "//a[contains(@class,'testlink') or contains(text(),'Edit')]") _WD_ElementAction($sSession, $test1, 'click') ;_ArrayDisplay($aArray1) ;_ArrayDelete($aArray1 , $i) ;exitloop EndIf Next Next _WD_Shutdown() Func SetupChrome() _WD_Option('Driver', 'chromedriver.exe') _WD_Option('Port', 9515) _WD_Option('DriverParams', '--log-path="' & @ScriptDir & '\chrome.log"') $sDesiredCapabilities = '{"capabilities": {"alwaysMatch": {"goog:chromeOptions": {"w3c": true, "args":["start-maximized","disable-infobars"]}}}}' EndFunc ;==>SetupChrome Would appreciate if anyone can provide tips, or point me in the right direction in doing it.
       
      test.xlsx
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