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I need help and/or direction with creating a cross-referenced database.

Current situation: Customer brings in a part # and/or description and we spend 20-30 minutes looking through physical line cards for the cross-reference formula. 

All of the data is available, but on physical line cards.

Desired situation: Have a searchable database whereby the part# or description can be entered and the cross-reference formula be immediately available.

I am thinking there are better programs for this than the typical spreadsheet.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

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Hi Nathan

This is a classic database problem.  You can build one in Microsoft Office with Access starting with an Excel Spreadsheet. OpenOffice has a free application called BASE that you can download and use which has very powerful search functions. https://www.openoffice.org/product/base.html  

I suggest approaching a local community college or even a high school computer science teacher.  This would be a great student project that they could get credit for while you get them to do all the data entry (which I think will be the most time consuming part of you project).

If you need more information you can reach me at lee@leeflint.com.


Thank you, Lee!  

I will check that out.

This is a classic Excel spreadsheet application -- I'd stick with a spreadsheet solution. Find someone who knows Excel and they can set it up for you. And the great thing about Excel is it's easy to find examples on the internet should you decide to add features or have questions down the road.  


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