Item description for The Spreadsheet at 25: 25 Amazing Excel Examples that Evolved from the Invention that Changed the World by Bill Jelen...
From the 1979 invention by two MIT students of the visible calculator to the war between Lotus and Microsoft for dominance in the spreadsheet market, this book is a fascinating look at the software application that helped spur the entire computer industry. This loving look back at the early computer and technology evolution will teach anyone interested in computer history about the MIT students, Bricklin and Frankston, and their unique vision; how Mitch Kapor and Lotus 1-2-3 trumped VisiCalc; how the spreadsheet gave businesses a reason to buy PCs; and how Microsoft came to dominate the market. The book also contains descriptions of 25 amazing spreadsheets that users can download from the book's web site.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Holy Macro! Books
ISBN 1932802045 ISBN13 9781932802047
Availability 0 units.
More About Bill Jelen
Bill Jelen, Excel MVP and the host of MrExcel.com, has been using spreadsheets since 1985, and he launched the MrExcel.com website in 1998. Bill was a regular guest on Call for Help with Leo Laporte and has produced more than 1,900 episodes of his daily video podcast, Learn Excel from MrExcel. He is the author of 44 books about Microsoft Excel and writes the monthly Excel column for Strategic Finance magazine. Before founding MrExcel. com, Bill Jelen spent 12 years in the trenches--working as a financial analyst for finance, marketing, accounting, and operations departments of a $500 million public company. He lives in Merritt Island, Florida, with his wife, Mary Ellen. Tracy Syrstad is a Microsoft Excel developer and author of eight Excel books. She has been helping people with Microsoft Office issues since 1997, when she discovered free online forums where anyone could ask and answer questions. Tracy found out she enjoyed teaching others new skills, and when she began working as a developer, she was able to integrate the fun of teaching with one-on-one online desktop sharing sessions. Tracy lives on acreage in eastern South Dakota with her husband, one dog, two cats, one horse (two, hopefully soon), and a variety of wild foxes, squirrels, and rabbits.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Spreadsheet at 25: 25 Amazing Excel Examples that Evolved from the Invention that Changed the World?
A tantalizing glimpse. May 4, 2008
The Spreadsheet was the application that made Personal Desktop computing a "must have" in the corporate and Government worlds. I know a bit about the history of its development. Of the spectacular rises, and equally explosive crashes. Of the breakthroughs and dead-ends. But this book seems to want to be an artistic triumph, rather than an informative record. 5 out of 5 for production values. 1 out of 5 for content. Read Wikipedia instead.
Good gift for computer junkee Jul 21, 2007
I bought this as a stocking stuffer for my husband who's really into computers. He enjoyed it, it's an interesting history w/entertaining pages. I was worried it was a bad gift, but he enjoyed reading it. Not sure that it will be viewed again but it's interesting.
Fun Book for Excel Fanatics Jun 20, 2005
This is simply a fun book! I caught myself smiling more than once as I went through this light hearted look at spreadsheets. The brief history of the spreadsheet is both informative and entertaining. In addition, there are useful tips for beginning and intermediate users peppered throughout. The best part is the chapter where real Excel users highlight how they use Excel in their daily lives. Lots of sample files come with this book. Five stars for originality and entertainment value.