Frequently asked questions

The basics

Something is wrong - how can I get help?

Hello! If you're stuck or if something is not working please contact me directly - my details are on the contact page.

What is TableRig?

TableRig is a website for viewing and editing data tables. There is also an API so you can connect TableRig with other software.

Compared to other software

How does TableRig compare with spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets are great for modelling and calculating but not great for storing and sharing data. TableRig doesn't replace spreadsheets though - it's for storage and sharing. TableRig supports data import and export to spreadsheet formats.

How does TableRig compare with a SQL or NoSQL database?

It could be an alternative. if you don't want to or can't set up your own database you can use TableRig. You can export your data any time when you're ready to move on.

Does TableRig handle "Big Data"?

No, it's not designed for storing very large unstructured data like is common for social networks or search engines. TableRig is focused on the kind of small, interesting data that people and businesses use every day.

Tables

What, precisely, is a "table" on tablerig?

To be precise a table is a heading and a body. The heading is a list of column names and their types (like "integer") The body is a series of unique "rows" that have a value for each of the column specified in the heading.

Who can view a table?

If a table is public, anyone can see it - even people not signed in. If a table is private, only the owner can see it.

Who can edit tables?

Only the owner of a table can edit it

How can I delete a table?

If you need a table deleted get in contact and I'll do it for you. Soon this feature will be available via the site and API.

Files

What is a "file" on tablerig?

A file is something like a CSV file, a XLS spreadsheet or a ODS spreadsheet (though currently only CSV is supported). These can be converted to tables. You can use a file as many times as you like - they stay around even after the data has been converted into a table.

What is character encoding? Does it matter?

Due to national and technical differences there are a lot of different ways to represent written characters. For westerners some common examples are "£", "λ" or "é". This affects some some file formats for example CSV. TableRig will automatically detect the character encoding of any file you upload to it and will show the right characters.

Who can view a file?

If a file is public, anyone can see it. If a file is private, only the owner can see it.

How can I delete a file?

As with tables - if you need a file deleted get in contact and I'll do it for you. Soon this feature will be available via the site and API.