When VisiCalc hit the scene back in the eighties (in the last century), the relatively small group of Apple II users went crazy. It was like manna from heaven for the poor accountants, scientists and engineers who were used to filling in enormous analysis sheets with a pencil. Now, they could use VisiCalc to do the same task, AND calculate the result automatically.
Financial templates are highly complex and they deal with very large and advanced calculations. These spreadsheets are used in mortgage, loans, and property investments and so on.
Early databases available for the PC market were simple two-dimensional solutions and were essentially designed as a record-keeping system. However, when computing power increased, the advent of the relational database became an affordable option. Applying the rules proposed by Edgar Codd, the Database Management System (DBMS) became a reality, with products such as dBase being widely implemented in the desktop market.
Inconsistent data : This becomes most apparent when trying to find a particular record or cell, based on the contents. If a space is incorrectly added in the wrong place, the search or filter fails.
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