[rescue] Spreadsheets

Joshua D. Boyd jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Sat Jun 21 08:30:04 CDT 2003

On Sat, Jun 21, 2003 at 12:45:39PM +0200, Frank Van Damme wrote:
> On Saturday 21 June 2003 03:43, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> > I'm only a power user for money (and hopefully I stopped having to
> > resort to that after college), and for certain family members.  I helped
> > my father develop quite a lot of analysis and modelling tools in Excel
> > backed by Access (weekly downloads from SQL Server into a form better
> > suited for analysis in Access because I convinced him to stop holding
> > all the data in Excel once his excel files were hitting 70+ megs).
> Didn't know that was even theoretically possible with Excel *g*

Excel is possibly the most usefull MS product, and quite possibly also
the most abused.  In theory SIAG, Gnumeric, and OpenOffice can keep up,
but I haven't seen anyone pull it off yet.

BTW, for many, many years, Excel was a rather rogue project at MS.  They
even went so far as to maintain their own compilers for use developing
Excel rather than use the ones MS provided.

What would have really rocked, if his old job would have bought an
adequate machine, would have been to have gotten him onto something like

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