Spreadsheet - Term Overview

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A spreadsheet or electronic template is understood to be a type of digital tool that consists of a document made up of rows and columns in a table, thus forming cells in which alphanumeric information can be entered and put in a logical, mathematical or sequential relationship.

Spreadsheets are a computer tool of enormous application and validity in the most diverse fields of human activity in the world today. From administrators, accountants, scientists and inventory managers, to the professions less given to mathematics take advantage of it and its ability to automate certain operations, such as the ordering of data or combinations of the four main ones of mathematics: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Thus, a spreadsheet is a versatile computing tool, adaptable to different needs, and common in office software packages such as Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, etc.

History of the spreadsheet

The first electronic data sheet was created in 1972, taking advantage of algorithms already patented a couple of years earlier by Pardo and Landau. Their announcement took place in Richard Mattessich's article Budgeting Models and System Simulation, although the accepted inventor of spreadsheets as we know them is Dan Bricklin.

According to Bricklin, the idea arose from an extensive table drawn on a blackboard by a professor at his university, who, perceiving a wrong calculation almost at the end, had to raise it again from the beginning, erasing all his hard work. Seeing this, Bricklin envisioned the possibility of an interactive spreadsheet in which such tasks would be much easier.

That first spreadsheet was called VisiCalc, and it was extremely important as it drew the attention of the business and administration world to personal computers (PCs), until then had as a hobby.

What is a spreadsheet for?

A spreadsheet allows a wide variety of functions, such as:

- Enter data in lists or sequences of operations, save and print them.
- Sort lists and data sets, applying alphabetic or other criteria.
- Apply formulas and formal operations to data sets to obtain results.
- Plot data sets and operations in different ways (pie, bar, etc.).
- Build automated digital templates.

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