Reply to post: What users want...

A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet


What users want... to be able to click a button once and get their report, all formatted nicely and ready to go. They don't want to have to understand tables, fields, field types, functions, joins, primary keys, indexes, etc. That's what they (PHBs) ask developers to know and work with.

What is true is that this could be some kind of simpler tool for developers to be asked to understand (alongside all the other ones!) The amount of Excel spreadsheet systems in use as de facto database alternatives, and the problems inherent in keeping the VBA (or whatever) code that keeps it all working properly in some kind of decent shape, tells me that developers of underlying systems are, and in some way will always be, needed.

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