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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Between the Sheets with Siag

Feb 11, 2002, 22:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Names are important in Siag, as they give big clues as to what the application is all about. Siag is actually an acronym for Scheme in a Grid, which right away may tell you something. Or have you scratching your head.

Not to worry: According to the Scheme Web site at the University of Michigan, Scheme is "a dialect of the Lisp Programming Language invented by Guy Lewis Steele Jr. and Gerald Jay Sussman. Originally called Schemer, it was shortened to Scheme because of a 6 character limitation on file names. Scheme is a small, exceptionally clean language which is fun to use. The language was designed to have very few, regular constructs which compose well to support a variety of programming styles including functional, object-oriented, and imperative."

Which tells you something about Scheme.

To cut to the chase, how this works in Siag is this: you have a spreadsheet application that can use programming expressions (as opposed to scripts) to set up almost any function in a spreadsheet document that you would want."

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