Hm, don't remember EasyCalc, but Compusheet was on a Reality system. It
was so much easier when we only had to know what was native in our own
systems and not be concerned with a million different things to connect
to in the outside world!
On 2/7/2012 10:45 AM, Charlie Noah wrote:
You're telling your age here! ;^)
Actually, it was EasyCalc, which was probably very similar to Compusheet.
On 02-07-2012 9:30 AM, Dianne Ackerman wrote:
Compusheet? I remember working with that!
On 2/7/2012 6:50 AM, Charlie Noah wrote:
I don't suppose CrowFlite can be obtained these days, can it? It
looks like Phil has retired. If it were available, would it work
with the newer versions of Excel? What about Open Office?
In the 80s I worked for a university in Florida, where we used a
Pick-based spreadsheet modeled after Lotus 123. I built a series of
spreadsheets which reached down into every aspect of the
university's database, giving upper management an up to the minute
view of the school's financial picture. I think it ended up being
over 600 spreadsheets, but hey, fund accounting is complicated and
we did still have the 32K limit.
Fond memories. ;^)
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On 02-06-2012 10:57 PM, Bob Rasmussen wrote:
Makes one long for CrowFlite, doesn't it?
For those that don't remember, CrowFlite was an add-in to Excel that
allowed it, at a per-cell level, to "reach back" into a Pick
grab individual pieces of data. In other words, it was a "pull"
as well as a "push".
I'm cc'ing its creator, Phil Gerber, so he can reminisce about the
while reveling in the sights among the mountains of Oregon :-)
On Mon, 6 Feb 2012, Tony Gravagno wrote:
Not responding to any particular quote here, just the CSV topic
Respected colleagues, CSV is not Excel. If you have an end-user
that asks for Excel and you give them a CSV you're just
perpetuating the myth that Pick is a dinosaur. They will gladly
spend tens of thousands of dollars to replace your application
with something that creates real Excel (and PDF) despite the fact
that such things can be attained at low cost or no cost right
now. Trust me, I've seen it happen.
This dove-tails with the reasons why people get 20 people to
support Oracle when they can have 3 working on Pick. The reason
is that the Oracle people say "yes", and give them pretty
reports, when their Pick guys say "no", and give them plain text
in columns and rows and call it "Excel".
Please don't let that happen to you. Be sure you are properly
responding to end-user requests. Just ask them what they do with
the documents after you generate them. If they really just want
raw data, OK. But if they go on to tell you how many days it
takes to reformat the data, assemble the multiple CSVs into a
single workbook, etc, then you have found a great deal of room
for improvement. Yeah, I've been there too.
Off the soapbox, thanks.
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