Mariano Guerra

Mariano Guerra

04/13/2022, 2:06 PM
📝 New post in the "History of No-code" series 💼 Lotus Improv: Spreadsheets Done Right (1991) 🔗 https://instadeq.com/blog/posts/no-code-history-lotus-improv-spreadsheets-done-right-1991/
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Ivan Reese

04/14/2022, 1:17 AM
In 1986, Pito Salas joined the Advanced Technology Group at Lotus to think about a totally new kind of spreadsheet.
Something about seeing your birth year that puts things into a particular, and particularly overwhelming, kind of perspective.
1:19 AM
Pito showed Steve a clunky, character-based, primitive spreadsheet, but all of the elements of the future were there: there were formulas at the bottom of the spreadsheet, rather than integrated in the cells; it was multi-dimensional; and the user could instantly call up different views of the same data set.
"all of the elements of the future were there" — Feels like they're still there. Sigh.