QuantCell Research Goes Beta with Java-Aware Big-Data Spreadsheet

Over at InfoQ, Vikram Gupta writes that analytics Startup QuantCell Research has released their first public beta of what they are positioning as their “Big Data” spreadsheet.

At first blush one might presume that QuantCell is some Java Swing version of yet another spreadsheet program. In actuality it is the latest taxon in the phylogenetic tree of the computer spreadsheet evolution that started with VisiCalc in the late 1970′s, and is now dominated by Microsoft Excel, certainly one of the most popular computer programs of all time. Where prior incarnations of the spreadsheet category were restricted by the rows, columns and functions that were vested into it by the programmer, QuantCell is consummately extensible thanks to its knowledge of Java and JVM languages. Most recently QuantCell has found a niche in big data, providing templates for quickly entering Map and Reduce formulae into its latticework. At its most basic level QuantCell cells can accept not only the traditional functions generally associated with a spreadsheet; they can also contain instantiations of Java (or Scala or Jython or R) objects.

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