[kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?

Fernando Duran liberosec at yahoo.ca
Sat Nov 27 11:43:35 EST 2010


For a lot of people collaborating on a spreadsheet this seems a nice online 
solution: http://hypernumbers.com/
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Fernando Duran
http://www.fduran.com



----- Original Message ----
> From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
> To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Sent: Sat, November 27, 2010 11:32:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?
> 
> I'll add that being in the IT side of an insurance company, we've sometimes  
>taken those underwriting spreadsheets as part of the specifications for a new  
>system. I mean. what's a better specification that working  algorithms?
> 
> I've also seen End user spreadsheets that are full blown  applications and 
>that's where I draw the line. I don't see some of these tools  for professional 
>development but as personal, end user tools where users can  hack something 
>based on their domain expertise. The results are usually  amazing.
> 
> 
> --- On Sat, 11/27/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>  
>wrote:
> > Excellent point, and not something
> > most of us would think  through at the spreadsheet level.
> > 
> > I worked in the pricing  department of an insurance company
> > back in the nineties doing technical  pricing work.  I
> > created a couple of Excel spreadsheets for the  underwriters
> > to use to assist them with their pricing work.  5+
> >  years after I'd left the company an underwriter thanked me
> > for the  spreadsheets - they were still using them.  As
> > far as I know, they're  still using them today, well over a
> > decade after I've left.
> > 
> > 
> > > 
> > > This is the start of "code sprawl". Instead  of
> > spreadsheets being just data,
> > > they contain code  (business logic) in them, and in
> > effect, you have an
> > >  "application".
> > > 
> > > An application is something you have  to maintain for
> > many years to come:
> > > debug, modify, extend,  ...etc. They have a life of
> > their own, and require
> > > time and  effort to continue to exist. Application
> > development is not a  one
> > > time thing. It is an on going effort.
> > > 
> >  > So, whatever you decide to replace that with, take
> > this into  account. For
> > > better or for worse, you have an application  that
> > needs to be maintained
> > > for the foreseeable future. 
> > 
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> Raul Suarez
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