09-09 Contents: Excel Development, Range Names, Improve Excel
ISSN 1649-2374 This issue online at http://www.sysmod.com/praxis/prax0909.htm [Previous] [Index] [Next]
|Systems Modelling Ltd.: Managing reality in Information Systems - strategies for success|
IN THIS ISSUE
Excel Development Guidelines
Named Ranges are being talked about
Eusprig 2010 Conference theme
Two MS employees want your help in making Office Better
Spreadsheet and other Tech Cartoons
|7 links in this newsletter
|About this newsletter and Archives
Subscribe and Unsubscribe information
I am asking for feedback this month ... what theme would bring YOU to the 2010 Eusprig conference?Only spreadsheet items this month, as I'm still catching up after the holidays and there is a sudden flurry of activity. (I'm not complaining!)
Members of the Excel-L list have been sharing ideas recently at
The discussion encompasses VBA, spreadsheet structure, and process management. Anybody using Excel a lot would find that list useful.
As Oscar Wilde said, there's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about.
The Swamp Fox commented in the longest thread on the Financial Mechanics Client Forum, “Why does Fi-mech think Excel Names are bad?”
In collaboration with F1F9, they drafted a definitive position on the FAST Modeling Standard, “Excel Names” (they're anti) page at http://www.fast-modeling.net/fast/Excel_Names.
In support they mentioned a 2009 Eusprig paper “An Exploratory Analysis of the Impact of Named Ranges on the Debugging Performance of Novice Users” (http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.0935) by Ruth McKeever, Brian Bishop, and Kevin McDaid of Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland (DKIT). They concluded that named ranges hindered debugging performance.
A sample was “=EnglebertPayRate*DanielsRegularHours” which should have been “=EnglebertPayRate*EnglebertRegularHours”
It could be argued that the example is a misuse of range names because it replaces the matrix pattern of multiplication by disparate formulas. It's like users who type every formula separately laboriously and don't know how to create mixed relative and absolute addresses to make copying easier.
I use named ranges for single constants
(parameters); and for ranges used by external links and by VBA. I'm not
a fan of the type of formula
that starts YearToDateWidgetProfit =
YearToDateWidgetRevenues-YearToDateWidgetCosts and goes on with further
The new Eusprig committee is starting work now on the July 2010 conference in Greenwich. What topics would bring YOU to the conference? Who would you come to hear? By the way, to obtain all the 2009 Conference papers, just search using two keywords - eusprig 2009 - on http://arxiv.org
"If you've got a new feature idea or an idea on how to improve Microsoft Office, please share it here...and vote on other ideas you agree with. Through the magic of crowd-sourcing the best ideas should rise to the top. Although we are employed by Microsoft, this is not an official Microsoft website."
In fact the domain was renewed before the auction was closed, 25 bids were received with a high bid of over $1100. It is not in use for anything relevant at present. According to that article, "SpreadSheets.com sold last year for $25,000 at the Traffic/Rick Latona auction."
Simply send your comments to FEEDBACK (at) SYSMOD (dot) COM
Thank you! Patrick O'Beirne, Editor
Jocelyn Paine put up a 4MB Word file that contains four spreadsheet cartoons as well as other cartoons, and essays from his Dobbs Code Talk blog.
Copyright (c) Systems Modelling Limited,
. Reproduction allowed provided this copyright notice is included.
We appreciate any feedback or suggestions for improvement. If you have received this newsletter from anybody else, we urge you to sign up for your personal copy by sending a blank email to EuroIS-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com
For those who would like to do more than receive the monthly newsletter, the EuroIS list makes it easy for you to discuss issues raised, to share experiences with the rest of the group, and to contribute files to a common user community pool independent of the sysmod.com web site. I moderate posts to the EuroIS list, to screen out inappropriate material.
Patrick O'Beirne, Editor
ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
"Praxis" means model or example, from the Greek verb "to do". The name is chosen to reflect our focus on practical solutions to IS problems, avoiding hype. If you like acronyms, think of it as "Patrick's reports and analysis across Information Systems".
Please tell a friend about this newsletter.
We especially appreciate a link to www.sysmod.com from your web site!
To read previous issues of this newsletter please visit our web site at http://www.sysmod.com/praxis.htm
This newsletter is prepared in good faith and the information has been taken from observation and other sources believed to be reliable. Systems Modelling Ltd. (SML) does not represent expressly or by implication the accuracy, truthfulness or reliability of any information provided. It is a condition of use that users accept that SML has no liability for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The information is not intended to constitute legal or professional advice. You should consult a professional at Systems Modelling Ltd. directly for advice that is specifically tailored to your particular circumstances.
We guarantee not to sell, trade or give your e-mail address to anyone.
To subscribe to this Newsletter send an email to
EuroIS-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com
To unsubscribe from this Newsletter send an email to
EuroIS-unsubscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com
EuroIS is the distribution list server of the PraxIS newsletter. It also offers a moderated discussion list for readers and a free shared storage area for user-contributed files. The archives of this group are on YahooGroups website http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/EuroIS/