SpreadsheetAprogram that allows theuser to organize andanalyze data using agrid of cellsCellAn element of aspreadsheet that cancontain data or aformula12.2Spreadsheets375Whole books have been written about spreadsheets and how they areset up and used. The same can be said for database management systems.Our goal for this chapter is not to exhaustively explore either of these, butrather introduce the usefulness and versatility of both. After this discussionyou should be able to create basic versions of either type of system, andyou will have a foundation on which to explore them in more detail.12.2SpreadsheetsThere are a variety of spreadsheet programs available today. You mayalready have some experience with spreadsheets, though we don’t assumeany background knowledge in this discussion. Each spreadsheet programhas its own particular nuances regarding its abilities and syntax, but thereis a common set of concepts that all spreadsheets embrace. Our discussionin this chapter focuses on these common concepts. The specific examples
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