When I told friends I was starting a new job automating data processing, they wanted to know what language I’d be using. When I told them I’d be working with Visual Basic for Excel, I received more than one funny look. When I told them what kinds of problems I’d be solving, several people told me that Access or an SQL database was designed for doing those things.
Yes, this is absolutely true. I’ve used databases extensively for just these sorts of things. However, that’s missing the point entirely.
Not everyone who has to work with data is a data person. [Read more...]