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One other possibility to think about: What does Excel offer you that you wouldn't be able to get via a basic web form? Another way to state the question is: How might the use of a web form simplify and/or enhance the project?

(Or, depending on your particular situation, maybe a basic Perl/Tk, Perl/Gtk or similar GUI app would be preferable to a web app.)

The point would be to get the end users into direct contact with the database, rather than bothering with external intermediate files. You could even add a table to the database to log all updates, so that you keep a revision history and can roll back if you want.

Depending on lots of factors, there are good reasons for both approaches (spreadsheet files vs. direct DB access).


In reply to Re: XML and Databases and Excel, Oh My! by graff
in thread XML and Databases and Excel, Oh My! by jedikaiti

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