Excel by Example

Excel by Example

When faced with a new software tool, most of us learn what we need to address our immediate problem, and then armed with 10% of the tools that are available we attempt to solve all future problems. In my discussions with colleagues, I have found that the
spreadsheet is the quintessence of this effect. Almost everybody has Microsoft® Excel on their computer, yet few use it for anything but the most mundane tasks, rather like a sophisticated, but unwieldy calculator. In fact, I recently saw a newspaper article that
heralded the demise of the calculator as a result of the spreadsheet, PDAs and other electronic tools.

Most of the literature on the subject of spreadsheets in general, and Microsoft Excel in particular, deal with generic cases of home economics or financial projects. Very few have direct analogies to the work done in electronics. Yet, the spreadsheet is ideally suited to allow the electronics engineer (indeed any engineer) to “work smarter, not harder.” Over the years I have worked with Supercalc, Multimate, Lotus 1-2-3, Framework, Symphony, Quattro and
Quattro Pro. In the end, they all are very similar. Most of what is covered in this book can be implemented in any one of the current competitors to Excel, without too many changes.

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