[R] RODBC excel - need to preserve (or extract) numeric column names

From: Folkes, Michael <Michael.Folkes_at_dfo-mpo.gc.ca>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:05:21 -0700

I'm using RODBC to read an excel file (not mine!). But I'm struggling to find a way to preserve the column names that have a numeric value. sqlFetch() drops the value and calls them f1, f2, f3,... (ie field number). this is a different approach from read.csv, which will append "V" prior to the numeric column name. sqlFetch isn't so helpful.  

Is there a way to get the first line of data from the excel file and place it in a vector? Perhaps I can use that method and rename the dataframe column names later?  


Michael Folkes
Salmon Stock Assessment
Canadian Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
Ph (250) 756-7264 Fax (250) 756-7053 Michael.Folkes_at_dfo-mpo.gc.ca <mailto:Michael.Folkes_at_dfo-mpo.gc.ca>

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