I’m fascinated by gradient fills in a spreadsheet. More specifically, why would anyone want to have a cell with gradient colours? Is a standard block colour fill not enough? Is a texture image fill not enough? I guess this comes down to the visual aspect. Humans like to look at pretty colours. Especially if you have to stare at financial figures in a spreadsheet for hours.
So, that spreadsheet library I’m working on? It can do this:
The code to do that is
SLDocument sl = new SLDocument(SLThemeTypeValues.Flow); SLStyle style = new SLStyle(); style.Fill.SetCustomGradient(GradientValues.Linear, 45, null, null, null, null); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(0, SLThemeColorIndexValues.Light2Color); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(0.2, System.Drawing.Color.Red); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(0.4, System.Drawing.Color.Green); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(0.6, System.Drawing.Color.Blue); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(0.8, System.Drawing.Color.Yellow); style.Fill.AppendGradientStop(1, SLThemeColorIndexValues.Accent1Color, 0.5); sl.SetCellValue(2, 3, "Custom gradient function"); sl.SetCellStyle(2, 2, style); style = new SLStyle(); style.Fill.SetGradient(SLGradientShadingStyleValues.DiagonalDown2, SLThemeColorIndexValues.Accent2Color, SLThemeColorIndexValues.Accent6Color); sl.SetCellValue(4, 3, "Built-in gradient function"); sl.SetCellStyle(4, 2, style); sl.SetColumnWidth(2, 24); sl.SetRowHeight(2, 108); sl.SetRowHeight(4, 108); sl.SaveAs("GradientFill.xlsx");
The gradient stops are positioned from 0.0 to 1.0. The “built-in” functions (simulating Excel) allow you to specify only 2 colours, even though you can have more.
You will notice that the library allows you to use both theme colours and System.Drawing.Color’s. You can even specify a tint modifier (as seen in the last gradient stop), which range from -1.0 to 1.0 (-1.0 being completely dark, and 1.0 being completely white).
You might also notice that you don’t need to declare many variables from the library. For most of your work, you just need to know SLDocument class (which handles most of the spreadsheet’s functions), and the SLStyle class (which handles all your styling needs). Most of the functions are overloaded, which is why the functions are squeezed into fewer classes.
Here’s my rationale: I walk into a party. I don’t really know anyone. I find one person that I recognise. Probably the host. Then I let the host introduce me to everything. Who the interesting people are. Where’s the food. Where’s the washroom. Look, I don’t mind meeting people in the party, but I’m not really into that particular party. I just want to mingle a little so I can tell my friend that yes, I was at the party. Mission accomplished…
Then I go to that other party that I really wanted to go. (no offense to the host of the first party. “None taken.” Aww, isn’t he a nice guy?).
I don’t want to burden you with yet another software library to learn. So I’ve made it easy. 2 classes for most of your needs. If you’re using one of them intelligent code editing software, you’d get auto-completion too. Exploring what else a class can do for you is just a “.” away.
Yes, I’m finishing the library. It’ll be ready soon, ok? Just a couple of features more, and some testing, and I’ll launch version 1 of the product. I don’t give a flying fishball about eternal software betas. (Just launch already, dammit! Stupid software startups…)