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
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:
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.
--- On Sun, 22/7/12, Andreas Säger <email@example.com> wrote:
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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