Excel Spreadsheets as a metadata source have a lot going for them.
– Everyone uses Excel and is comfortable with it.
– Excel is incredibly customizable and versatile.
– Excel offers data validation and filtering.
For these reasons, I create customized Excel spreadsheet that function as a lite Graphic User Interface (GUI) for metadata. Of course, Excel isn’t a perfect metadata source. For one thing, you have to own a licensed copy of Excel. Second, because spreadsheets are so easy to customize, users sometimes “improve” them further and break your code.
Read on for an example.