In my view, the unique selling point of spreadsheet is providing a GUI for your data. This is not much of a selling point since a non-spreadsheet statistics programs like R can also have a GUI and better graphing and analytics besides, and the spreadsheet GUI is obtrusive and limiting by comparison. I say this as someone who finds the R language design icky. Spreadsheets are good at viewing data but awful at non-trivial things.
But this GUI business does pays for itself when it comes to collaborative editing or analysis of your data. In the 21st century there are online collaborative spreadsheets. Sharing the workload is a good thing; hardly a data set worth having was collected by one person. (Although I do want a sneakernet version of these online apps)
Luckysheet embeds a spreadsheet element
ethersheet is a node.js-backed cypherpunkish spreadsheet made by privacy warriors, much like sibling project etherpad. Requires MySQL.
ethercalc is another node.js-backed spreadsheet with
- explicit design documentation,
- modern technology, (redis or fs)
- and an explicit pedigree starting with Dan Bricklin, the progenitor of all spreadsheets.
On the other hand,
- It may be a one-person shop, and
- the interface is
Kind of a HD text mode, with certain shortcomings such as lack of column selection.
Google docs offers a spreadsheet, although I do try to avoid their products.
airtable is another unorthodox productivity/managing/note-taking thing which I had recommended to me but have not investigated yet. It seems to be a full-featured app platform.
honeycode is a hosted service from Amazon that allows you to use a spreadsheet0style interface to generated real codeless apps. Airtable with big business backing, or google sheets with an app-pltform-first orientation.
Also of note:
CKAN “is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible — by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.”
- Seems to have a data table library called recline.
treesheets is an open-source data GUI which is not really calculation-focussed but more a hierarchical freeform database.
pandas can read Excel sheets into python
Soulver is a macOS/iOS app that will do plain-ish language calculations with smart currency conversion etc. (USD30)