Master Visually Excel 2003 VBA Programming Paperback – Feb 18 2005
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From the Back Cover
"One picture is worth a thousand words." If you prefer instructions that show you how rather than tell you why, then this intermediate to advanced level reference is for you. Hundreds of succinctly captioned, step-by-step screen shots reveal how to accomplish more than 180 Excel tasks with VBA programming, including:
- Writing and recording short macros
- Using all the VBA commands
- Automating charts, pivot tables, and more
- Adding digital signatures
- Debugging your code
- Specifying page setup settings
- Writing a function procedure
About the Author
Julia Kelly is a writer, teacher, and consultant for desktop applications, including Excel, Access, Word, Publisher, and Outlook. She’s taught classroom courses in Excel at major corporations and Outlook courses on-line for several years, and has authored 17 book on Office applications. In addition, she develops Excel and Access applications for business clients.
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Top Customer Reviews
The step-by-step screen shots help me a lot to understand the writing, recording and debugging macros.
This is a great book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I've tried almost all of the routines and found very few errors. After going through this book you will be familiar with the syntax of VBA, how it is structured and see how it manipulates your spreadsheets in very practical ways that you can use today. You will find yourself keeping these small routines and copying them around in your larger more complex routines.
My only complaint is that sometimes it is hard to read the difference between a period and a comma. As you grow to learn VBA, this complaint lessens however. This is a minor complaint, and certainly not enough to recommend this book less.
I also own VBA Power Programming by Walkenbach, that book, will come ALIVE after you try all the procedures in THIS book.
The reason I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 is that nowhere in the title or elsewhere does it state its a beginner book. With a title VBA Programming I expected indepth coverage of programming with the excel objects. I was looking more for a intermediate or advanced book.
There's a bit of the cookbook style to the Layout. In the Table of Contents Macro's are grouped by subject from simple to more complex. Of course it doesn't end there. The same technique is used to explore the Visual Basic Editor, Manipulating Worksheets and Workbooks, Working with Ranges, Looping and Branching, Charts and Pivot Tables. In higher order references the book gets into controlling Macros with Events and Form based Programmed Controls. The book also provides an orderly approach to teaching VBA programming and debugging with VBA IDE Interface which I find highly lucid.
The book seems determined on achieving maximum functionality and usefulness to its programmer's audience.
Please note that the fact that this book is written for Microsoft Office 2003 doesn't take away from its value when say compared to a Microsoft Office 2007 environment. Because of the inherent underlying Document Object Model used in Office products most of the functionality still applies.
Overall I would say this book has pretty much everything a new or experienced VBA Macro programmer needs to get busy and productive in a hurry. By the way, one of the nicer things about this book is its use of the sidebar on many of its examples. These sidebars attempt to offer shortcuts and address users issues in Question and Answer format.
In Short this is a book I would pleased to have in my reference library.
If you are an intermediate user I recommend Excel 2003 Power Programming with VBA by Walkenbach, or Excel 2003 VBA Programming with XML and ASP by Julitta Korol.
If you are a beginner then this book or the Dummies book by Walkenbach is a good place to start. This book feels more like a reference book, since they only focus on quick snippets of information at any one time. Two pages are dedicated to each topic. Here are some sample topics: Execute a task with a do while loop, ask a question with a message box, synchronize two charts, add a series trendline, declare a constant, etc.
For $15 this is a good buy just for reference, and maybe $20, but $25 seems a little steep considering the level of depth that goes into each topic. It just feels lacking as a whole, but the short concise approach may be good for an absolute beginner.