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Batch Spreadsheet for C Programmers

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Executive Summary

A computing environment is proposed, based on batch spreadsheet processing, which produces a spreadsheet display from plain text input files of commands, similar to the way documents are created using LaTeX. In this environment, besides the usual spreadsheet rows and columns of cells, variables can be defined and are stored in a separate symbol table. Cell and symbol formulas may contain cycles, and cycles which converge can be used to implement iterative algorithms. Formulas are specified using the syntax of the C programming language, and all of C's numeric operators are supported, with operators such as ++, +=, etc. being implicitly cyclic.

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