Use a Spreadsheet for a Database: circa 1986

May 4, 2009
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In another vintage Computer Chronicles video from the Internet Archive, see how to use a spreadsheet as a database via macros.

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It appears that using a tool substitute instead of the proper tool started from the beginning of the PC days.

What I found most interesting was the initial discussion on why one should use macros.  I’ve found resistance to creating or tweaking macros that come with modern modeling tools.  I use macros regularly because they save me time and allow me to accomplish in a few minutes something that would take hours or days to complete. 

As with the previous vintage videos I’ve posted, the news stories at the end of this video are interesting, too.

  • Wall Street news about software companies
  • Networking of up to 10,000 computers
  • Career advice (get a PhD in Computer Science and earn up to $100k

Internet Archive: Details: Guide to Macros

In another vintage Computer Chronicles video from the Internet Archive, see how to use a spreadsheet as a database via macros.

image

It appears that using a tool substitute instead of the proper tool started from the beginning of the PC days.

What I found most interesting was the initial discussion on why one should use macros.  I’ve found resistance to creating or tweaking macros that come with modern modeling tools.  I use macros regularly because they save me time and allow me to accomplish in a few minutes something that would take hours or days to complete. 

As with the previous vintage videos I’ve posted, the news stories at the end of this video are interesting, too.

  • Wall Street news about software companies
  • Networking of up to 10,000 computers
  • Career advice (get a PhD in Computer Science and earn up to $100k

Internet Archive: Details: Guide to Macros