Spreadsheet

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Introduction1

Dictionary

spreadsheet : an accounting program for a computer ; also : the ledger layout modeled by such a program — Webster   See also OneLook

Spreadsheet (FOLDOC: Free Online Dictionary of Computing)

Encyclopedia

Spreadsheet is an interactive computer application for organization, analysis and storage of data in tabular form. Spreadsheets are developed as computerized simulations of paper accounting worksheets. The program operates on data entered in cells of a table. Each cell may contain either numeric or text data, or the results of formulas that automatically calculate and display a value based on the contents of other cells. A spreadsheet may also refer to one such electronic document. Spreadsheet users can adjust any stored value and observe the effects on calculated values. This makes the spreadsheet useful for “what-if” analysis since many cases can be rapidly investigated without manual recalculation. Modern spreadsheet software can have multiple interacting sheets, and can display data either as text and numerals, or in graphical form.

Besides performing basic arithmetic and mathematical functions, modern spreadsheets provide built-in functions for common financial and statistical operations. Such calculations as net present value or standard deviation can be applied to tabular data with a pre-programmed function in a formula. Spreadsheet programs also provide conditional expressions, functions to convert between text and numbers, and functions that operate on strings of text. — Wikipedia

Spreadsheet (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Product

Microsoft Excel Live (Microsoft Office Live)
Calc (Apache Open Office)
Google Sheets

Comparison of spreadsheet software (Wikipedia)
List of Spreadsheet Applications (Wikipedia)

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Preservation

History

Dan Bricklin (Official Site), Dan Bricklin (Wikipedia)
Bob Frankston (Official Site, Bob Frankston (Wikipedia)

VisiCalc: Information from its creators, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston (Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston)
VisiCalc Executable for the IBM PC: The historic 1981 spreadsheet software still runs (Dan Bricklin)

Visicalc (Wikipedia)
Lotus 1-2-3 (Wikipedia)

A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge (Steven Levy, Wired)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

News

NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Fun

Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician’s journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and more (Matt Parker)

Future

The next generation of spreadsheets will be a database (Howie Liu, InfoWorld)

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Media

Function Communications Computation Storage Creation Simulation
Analog Mail Device Paper Type, Print Automaton
Electronic Network Calculator Tape Record Elektro
Digital Internet Computer
Hardware Modem Microprocessor Memory Peripheral Robot, XR
Software Service (Web) Program (OS, SS) Database Application AI, VW

Format Multimedia (Video, Animation) Image (Object) Scent, Flavor, Audio (Text) Haptic, “Other

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.