You know what I’ve wanted all my life? A way to condense columns into comma separated lists. I’ve been in multiple jobs where this would’ve been handy because it’d be so much easier to see all the things in a few rows.
You know what I love about programming? Once you know a little bit, you can Frankenstein your way out of a lot of problems.
Recently, I wanted to have a way to check two shapefiles in QGIS to see if their features overlap. I know what you’re thinking—there’s an intersect tool for that. But it just creates a new layer of the intersected areas. I wanted a list of which specific features were intersecting which other specific features in two separate layers.
There are times when I feel the need to take a step back and re-evaluate all my life decisions. Those moments tend to be preceded by questions like how the crap did I end up in this field of kudzu, and where the hell did that snake go? Or how hard could it be to script random materials in Blender with Python—an hour tops?
That last one led me to three days of HELL. This was, by far, the most difficult Blender script I’ve tackled because the API doesn’t have much on how to create materials.
I recently found a really cool article from Software Solutions Online that shows you how to get a list of files in a folder or a list of subfolders in a folder. All the things, basically.
This weekend, I’m adapting that slightly to get a complete list of files within a folder including everything in its subfolders. I know. This is the sort of thing that’s either really interesting or really not, depending on how much you use VBA.
I was done with this week by about noon on Monday, so I’m four and a half days overdue for a Jessica Jones marathon.
Which is why I’m keeping this short and sweet. This week, I learned how to return the last row and column in an Excel spreadsheet. It’s insanely helpful if you want to copy and paste the same information to multiple workbooks using VBA.
So last week, I learned that VBA buttons are supremely helpful. For moving data between workbooks or breaking down information from a KML file, these are ideal. Especially the KML file importer because it’s basically populating a full on spreadsheet.
But if you want to have a function run very specific math or customized scraping on a string that’s only going to affect one cell, go with the UDF. Sounds like a terrible disease, doesn’t it? In Excel, it stands for User Defined Function.