I'm a Java beginner and I'm writing in netbeans matisse a surface.
I want to read and use from a excel sheet lots of string variables(food data). More than 500. I want to display the data on the surface and also need the food data for calculating.

I know how I can read the excel sheet, but my question is:

Is there a simple method of using such many strings, or is it in fact only lots of programming work and lots of copying?

Best Regards Luke