Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 21:13:41 -0400
Reply-To: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
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From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: software for inventory and MSDS
Comments: To: "Osterby, Meg"
In-Reply-To: <42E2D64DA3F8E54097059032799384A6034FBEB0**At_Symbol_Here**>
Spreadsheets are designed for number crunching, as in accounting and
statistics.  Many people use them for other purposes but that does not mean
spreadsheets are well suited to those uses.

The structure that is designed for doing things like tracking inventory is
the database.  Look at MS Access, since you have been using Excel.  You will
need to learn a new range of programming skills, but Access usually comes
with several fully developed database examples to help you out.  Or take a
couple of those courses in Basic and Intermediate Access.

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


> -----Original Message-----
> From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] 
> On Behalf Of Osterby, Meg
> Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 3:47 PM
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] software for inventory and MSDS
> Does anybody know of an inexpensive software package for 
> doing an inventory and keeping track of the MSDS sheets for 
> all the chemicals on hand?  We are a small technical college 
> with a limited budget and need to have something more 
> efficient than the Excel spreadsheet we are currently using 
> (with mixed results).
> Meg Osterby
> Chemistry Instructor
> Western Technical College
> 304 Sixth St. N.
> LaCrosse, WI 54601
> osterbym**At_Symbol_Here**

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