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Thursday, April 28, 2005

I came across an interesting thread on Slashdot about a book called "Professional Excel Development".

While from a pure perspective, Excel will never be considered a “platform”, it does allow for rather robust development of desktop applications, especially for analysis. Is it a DBMS? No. Is it an IDE? No. Is it a compiler? No. Does it provide a serviceable solution for the enterprise where the software package is largely ubiquitous and requires little additional investment (except for the VBA programming)? Definitely.

Furthermore, many organizations will simply not approve expenditure for a fancy set of programming tools where they could just leverage what already exists on the shelf. This could be compared to using a ratchet set vs. using a power driver. Either will do the job, but if you already own a ratchet set, why put down $50-100 for a power tool? This is the corporate mindset, like it or not, where the bottom line is, well, the bottom line. Thus, Excel is a viable alternative in many cases.


.: posted by Dave 7:48 PM

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