Excel and Word interoperation works well for use cases where file sizes are limited
and the performance overhead for the interoperation between the F# runtime and the
Office application is acceptable. For production scenarios beyond these constraints,
this low level library for manipulating Excel and Word files directly has been proven to be helpful.
separate signal from noise.
A nice explanation and a implementation in presented in this
blog post. The port to F# is straight forward.
Digging into the Excel interoperation facilities of F#, example code like
F# 3.0 Sample Pack,
FSSnip.net and projects like
Excel F# Type Provider and
are first entry points for the topic.