Developer Tools - Spreadsheet Component|
In addition to your programming language, what do you need to be a successful programmer?
One part of the answer is the right set of tools, including many not provided
as a part of the language distribution. The old saying "It's a poor carpenter who blames his tools!"
may be true, but having good tools definitely gives a good programmer a head start.
I've found that a spreadsheet component is one of the most useful tools available
for writing applications (graphics manipulation tools get my vote for the most
I've had great success using a tool called
Formula One ActiveX
which has exceptional capabilities and is Excel compatible. Unfortunately it is no longer
under development, although it is still available for purchase but at a price
that makes it unaffordable only for corporate programmers with deep pockets.
Until I find a reasonably priced, powerful replacement, my recommendation for
a tool in this category remains open. If you have a recommendation, please let me know.
Check out my software reviews section for a
more complete listing/recommendation of programming tools.