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    Excel vs. PHP/MySQL

    Hi. I've been given a very complex Excel workbook that contains a dozen worksheets and hundreds of calculations. I need to create a web interface where users can answer a bunch of questions, in effect filling in selected cells in the spreadsheets and getting a summary based on all of the calculations.

    It will likely depend on some specifics that I don't yet have, but in general... is this type of thing best left to some sort of online spreadsheet program? Is it crazy to do this in PHP/MySQL? If a spreadsheet program is best, what, in your experience, is the best one? Preferably free. :-) I assume there's a way for users to save their data and be able to access it later.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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    Typically, I adhere to "if it's not broken, don't fix it".

    Is there a reason why it needs to be an online web application?
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    Well, they want users/communities (members of the public) to be able to enter their data from anywhere without having to have Excel on their computer. And the spreadsheet I've seen is not what I would call user friendly. So they want to develop a user-friendly web interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil-man View Post
    Is it crazy to do this in PHP/MySQL?
    probably
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