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What is a spreadsheet? (wiseGEEK)

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Dictionary

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

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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.

Spreadsheets have replaced paper-based systems throughout the business world. Although they were first developed for accounting or bookkeeping tasks, they now are used extensively in any context where tabular lists are built, sorted, and shared. — Wikipedia

Britannica, Columbia (Infoplease)

Introduction


Directory

DMOZ Open Directory Project (AOL)

Search

WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo

Preservation

History

A Brief History of Spreadsheets (D. J. Power, DSSResources)
Inventors of the Modern Computer: The First Spreadsheet – VisiCalc – Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston (Mary Bellis, About.com)

Library

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

Participation

Education

Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101, Spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel (Jan Smith)

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources
Open Education Consortium

Community

Forum

Reddit

Blog

WordPress

News

NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression

Fun




Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Future

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

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