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Old 04-24-2021, 07:44 PM
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Default The world’s most widely used programming language get custom functions!

Yes, Microsoft really called this the world’s most widely used programming language.

I guess in the same sense that Excel is a robust enterprise-class database.

We're talking about Excel formulas, you know, the stuff you write directly in cells: =IF(A2="Bob",B2*1.15,B2).

xkcd this week alerted me to the news:

And here's the Microsoft announcement from December:
Announcing LAMBDA

Today we are releasing to our Beta customers a new capability that will revolutionize how you build formulas in Excel. Excel formulas are the world’s most widely used programming language, yet one of the more basic principles in programming has been missing, and that is the ability to use the formula language to define your own re-usable functions.


Simply put, LAMBDA allows you to define your own custom functions using Excel’s formula language. Excel already allows you to define custom functions, but only by writing them in an entirely different language such as JavaScript. In contrast, LAMBDA allows you to define a custom function in Excel’s own formula language.
The nightmare is real: 'Excel formulas are the world's most widely used programming language,' says Microsoft • The Register

Widely used, I'll accept. I've seen what accountants and sales managers do with Excel formulas, and it's scary. But a programming language?

Free thought! Please take one!

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