April 18, 2006
TechBookReport on 'Analyzing Bus. Data with Excel'
TBR writes "Like it or not, and there are plenty who don't, Microsoft's Excel is probably the most popular data analysis tool in the world. Undoubtedly the best of the applications that make up Microsoft's Office package, it's feature-packed, easy to use and easy to extend using VBA and the built-in functions and tools. However, ease of use can have a major downside in that users blind themselves (and each other) with science. The world is awash with good-looking Excel workbooks that are riddled with errors, coded badly and using features without understanding what's going on under the hood. It's this problem that author Gerald Knight tackles in 'Analyzing Business Data with Excel', published by O'Reilly."