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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Current time containing seconds Reply with quote


I'm trying to build a spreadsheet to time a running race. I thought I could use my system clock to insert the current time at the start of the race, then in a new cell paste the current time again when they cross the time and use another formula to subtract the times.

I can't seem to insert current time with seconds into a cell. Will I need to write a script/macro fort this?

When I want to rank and sort racers at the end of the race for best time, best time in age group, best time based on sex, should I use vlookup or use a pivot table etc...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a database rather than spreadsheet all this would be completely obsolete.
A database form can do so much more than spreadsheet cells, including time stamps and automatic row-IDs. Nevertheless you can use all database data or any combinations of rows and columns in spreadsheets and data pilots.
Open the form therein, enter some positive integer numbers (test the mouse wheel and the up/down-keys). Try to enter anything <1, floating point numbers, text, dates (you can't).
Have a look at the underlying table. Each number you entered is associated with a time stamp and row-ID.
Run the report which dumps 2 columns into a Writer document.
You can do most of the calculations in a much more elegant way.
You can store all data in a consistant manner but use the data in Calc anyway (Calc works much better with consistant database data).
[Tutorial] Using registered datasources in Calc

As soon as tables of race locations, riders and horses come into play a spreadsheet will be the completely wrong tool to store all this in a structured manner. Building a relational database with many tables is rather complex, though. No free beer.
Anyhow, this is the tutorial about time stamps in Calc (with and without macro) and in Base: [Calc,Python,Basic,Base] Several ways to time stamps
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