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How many times did you hear users asking you: "something simple, a grid like excel"?

When I was a VB programmer, oh yes, I have this dark spot on my career, and it is not the only one... this request threw me in panic. Usually what your "killer" is asking you is not what you, programmer, are thinking of (namely the power of cell functions, programmability, graph etc., that probably your "killer" does not even imagine): what they are thinking about is the editor flexibility, the ability to add columns, rows, move cells blocks, copy and paste from different sources.

After the ritual pointing-out that your application is NOT Excel, the VB solution was to adopt the standard flexGrid or the mythical TrueDbGrid that made happy both the killer-user and the victim-programmer.

But my VB era is long gone and nowadays I'm fighting with JavaScript and Java web applications; how to address the same old request of "something like Excel"?



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