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A spreadsheet is a sheet of paper that shows accounting or other data in rows and columns; a spreadsheet is also a computer application program that simulates a physical spreadsheet by capturing, displaying, and manipulating data arranged in rows and columns. The spreadsheet is one of the most popular uses of the personal computer.

In a spreadsheet, spaces that hold items of data are called cells. Each cell is labeled according to its placement (for example, A1, A2, A3...) and may have an absolute or relative reference to the cells around it. A spreadsheet is generally designed to hold numerical data and short text strings. Spreadsheets usually provide the ability to portray data relationships graphically. Spreadsheets generally do not offer the ability to structure and label data items as fully as a database and usually do not offer the ability to query the database. In general, a spreadsheet is a much simpler program than a database program.

Daniel Bricklin and Bob Frankston created the first spreadsheet application, VisiCalc (for "visible calculator"). Lotus 1-2-3 came next, followed by Microsoft Excel. While Lotus 1-2-3 was the first to introduce cell names and macros, Microsoft Excel implemented a graphical user interface and the ability to point and click using a mouse. There are many other spreadsheet applications on the market today; however, Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Excel continue to be the most popular.

This was last updated in January 2006

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My company is currently working on a "spreadsheet application" but the soft does not have graphical or mathematical features :) so how do we call it ? Grid application maybe ?

You can check it at http://www.mysimplegrid.com/. mysimplegrid is the first model-driven spreadsheet (means you build the model first, then you fill datas) that lets you organize any type of daily information.

The soft is especially suited for datas with related objects like different tasks related to a same project, etc. Currently we are on beta phase, dont hesitate to signup to get a beta key !
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People like to use spreadsheet to manage data because it's simple to use. BAU DB is a new class of database program designed to solve the difficulty of using database. No need to build anything and go straight to data entry work. Use cells ad formulas to manipulate data.
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