RE: Looking for a database function

Subject: RE: Looking for a database function
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 16:17:39 -0400

Thanks, but your example sounds a lot more complicated than what I'm
looking for. A simple entry grid like the one I described must exist in
some DB program... right?

Anyone? Bueller?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Monique Semp
> Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 3:32 PM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Looking for a database function
> I think so, but I wouldn't vouch for it without trying! But
> I know that I've used them with these sort of two-dimensional
> (and really, they become multi-dimensional when the grid
> intersections contain more complex data than just yes/no
> values) spreadsheets, and then been able to
> sort/arrange/report on any row or column entry for any given value.
> So one could even be more complicated in the data entry and
> have not only the presence/absence of the x to mark the
> intersection, but things such as what version of training the
> person has had; when they took it, etc.
> Here's an example of one I implemented (a long time ago, and
> although I'm looking at it now it's still not obvious how I
> managed it, but clearly it can be done :-):
> Workbook sheet 1:
> * One row for every document. (This would mimic your needs:
> a row for every quality procedure.)
> * Columns for everything under the sun about that doc: id,
> title, filename, component, author, version, etc. (In your
> case, you'd have a column for every employee.)
> Then I created a new workbook sheet for the "Summary" tables.
> In that sheet, I created a bunch of Pivot Tables. For
> example, I have an "Author Summary" that shows the count of
> the docs assigned to every author. And the great thing about
> the pivot table is that if I don't want to see
> *every* author listed, I can just select which authors to
> show. So in your case, you could show just the employee
> you're interested in.
> Before anyone asks, I cannot share this particular Excel
> workbook because it has too much proprietary data, and it
> would take forever to sanitize it.
> But the point is, Excel does provide these functions in a way
> that you can dynamically get very detailed analysis of the
> main sheet's information, without changing/manually sorting
> that main sheet.
> (I did this in Excel 2003, but from what I've seen of 2007,
> the functions are pretty much the same, just accessed from
> the Ribbon instead of menu/dialog boxes.)
> -Monique
> >
> > With grid entry as I described?
> >
> > >
> > > I think pivot tables in Excel would provide what you need.
> > >
> > > -Monique
> > >
> > > >
> > > > I need to be able to query in both directions
> > >
> > >

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