Totally lost with reading excel
I have been given the task to write a program that does some basic math and numerical integration on numbers. Those numbers are stored in a .xls file. I have looked online and have seen the Apache POI and whatnot, but I have some serious problems stemming from my total lack of knowledge:
How would I install the binaries at Apache POI - Download Release Artifacts ? I am running Ubuntu 10.04.
After installation, do I just use import and package to use them in the program? What exactly do I say? I only need HSSF. I use Eclipse, but may dabble in Netbeans, if that makes any difference.
Once I actually implement them, what if I need to package my program and use it on multiple computers? Would that be easy? I have no idea how to package a program for use (I know I have to make a .jar, but that is it), but that is a bridge to cross later. What I need to know is if it will be easy to use this API on other machines. Will the parts I import be packaged in the jar? Will the other computer (not the one used to develop the program) need to install the Apache POI?
As you can see, I am totally new at this. I am good at actually coding and the logical part of the process, but I am totally lost when it comes to actually doing anything with my code other than running it within my IDE. Any help would be appreciated.
PS I put this in the beginners section becuase I am a beginner. If this is more of an advanced topic (then I am in way over my head :) ), then my apologies.