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Exactly Tom. With Calc, setup cost and time is next to zero, with data entry not much more. With Base setup cost and time is non-negligible and data entry is much more time (and therefore real dollar cost) consuming as each field needs to be filled in by hand when using a form. With a spreadsheet I can actually cut & paste the info. from a website directly into Calc. Can that be done with Base?

Seems to me that the best solution even if using a database is to first enter into a spreadsheet where it can then be saved as a file of CSV and then imported into a database should I find the need.

Bottom line is it's already done in Calc - took about a minute - while doing it in Base requires sitting down and spending time and money on first creating a schema with forms and further, one needs to be a master of SQL which most people including myself are not. (Inner joins, outer joins, left right... haven't a clue. Cut & paste? click, drag, shift-click, click, done, repeat as needed - no higher brain power required.)

In theory a database is more elegant and conceptually appealing, but in practice a spreadsheet IMHO wins the day. YMMV.

On 7/22/2012 7:19 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
That is true.  So why not use the fastest route to get the required result and stick with spreadsheeting for now? 
 Definitely a good idea to start vaguely thinking about moving to a database program when time&resources 
permits.  Base is not yet ready for masses and does take some fairly considerable expertise "to get it 
right".  Set-up is not trivial even if some people find it easy.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Sun, 22/7/12, Andreas Säger <> wrote:

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Please ignore Tom. He is very kind but totally ignorant towards LibreOffice Base which can read 
spreadsheet data as if they were database data.

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