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  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (May 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321508793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321508799
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Resolutionsbooks on Oct. 22 2010
Format: Paperback
Although this book contains excellent information for the developer in Excel 2003, it REALLY needs to be updated to the current version (2010) or at least the 2007 version. It admits that the 2007 version was released between the first edition and the second edition of the book, but does not attempt to update the information inside to relate to the new interface. This was a big disappointment. Maybe the NEXT version will get it right.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Not "Fully updated for Excel 2007" March 20 2011
By Greg J. Lovern - Published on
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The back of this book says that it is "Fully updated for Excel 2007". However, I have been disappointed to find that's not true.

First, the section on Excel "dictator" apps does not go into the requirements for Excel 2007, except to mention that you'll need to look at the chapter on the ribbon. But that isn't why I'm writing this review.

I wanted to position a form next to a worksheet cell, and on pages 400-402, they say that trying to do that using the cell's Top and Left properties is "extremely difficult", and then say that "Fortunately, there is an easier workaround, which is to use the window that Excel uses for editing embedded charts."

Their workaround code uses Windows APIs. That's no problem, but it's interesting that with a solution apparently available that would probably work on both Windows and Mac (using the cell's Top and Left properties), they show only an easier solution that works only for Windows. No mention of Mac there.

Anyway, I typed in their code, and it didn't work. I carefully checked every character and didn't see any differences. On a hunch, I closed the workbook and opened it in Excel 2003. This time it worked correctly.

I had originally tried it in Excel 2010 (32-bit), and this book was published in 2009, so I tried it in Excel 2007. It still didn't work.

So I started Spy++, hoping that the special window was just renamed in Excel 2007/2010 and/or in a different place in the window hierarchy, which would be easy to work around. No such luck. Using Spy++, I found the special window in Excel 2003, and then looked for it in Excel 2007. The special window they use is not created in Excel 2007 anywhere in the window hierarchy, and in fact no additional window is created at all by those steps.

So this easier solution works only for Excel 2003 for Windows and earlier. The book was published in 2009. Where's the "extremely difficult" solution that works in Excel 2007? You won't find it in this 2009 book, nor any mention of the fact that this "easier" solution does not work in Excel 2007.

I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for the "extremely difficult" solution.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Power-User Book March 25 2010
By Michael T. Ellis - Published on
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Every once in a while a technical book comes along which strikes the perfect balance between "technical detail", "practical application", and "vision". I am, like many people who buy self-help style technical books (as opposed to full out college textbooks), a self declared power-user. Power users are folks who need to get stuff down; not much time for parsing minute details and theoretical concepts. We look for ways to make our day-to-day business tasks more automated. If you're self employed like me, you're very business existence depends on automation.

This book is special for 3 reasons:

1) Practicality of advanced topics:
As a power-user, when was the last time you found yourself seriously looking at c programming, ADO, and SQL? The authors give us real life uses for these sorts of things, in a very focused manner. You walk away with an excellent understanding of why and when to use these things (notice I didn't say thorough understanding. The authors wisely admit that's someone else job, and point you in the right direction), based on what you're trying to accomplish.

2) Relevance of good programming practices:
Most books on programming teach "good programming practice" as if you are going to be working in an enterprise environment, with a team of engineers and professors. That's fine but in reality power-users work under deadlines and completely alone. No one cares how well you comment your code. As long as the thing works, when you want it too, then you've programmed enough. The authors explain a concept called "Interfacing" in a way that makes "good programming" a very practical time investment. I know "Interfacing" is not a new concept (as none of the topics in this book are). Its all in how the authors connect the dots. The relationship of concepts is far more important than the concept itself.

3) You want to know more:
Usually that's a bad thing, but not in this case because you know why. 90% of technical authors write some form of a dictionary, sprinkled with examples. But the end goal of a program is automation (or at least it should be), whether its iTunes or VBA. Take a repetitious task and automate it. Power-users don't have the luxury of slogging through a dictionary. If I spend time learning an advanced technical topic, there must be clear, reasonably obtainable objectives. The authors accomplish this by a lot. This is a tech book that really sheds light on the usefulness of all those seemingly unuseful-to-you type topics that have spawned so many 1300 page books.

If you've hung with me this far, you might have noticed I don't talk about Excel. That's because this book really isn't about Excel. Excel acts mostly as a cloths-line, linking various topics, methods, and recommendations. The authors tell us at the beginning, Excel is an excellent platform for fast application development and prototyping. THAT's really what the book is about.

It's too bad books aren't written this way more often. Hope this review was helpful
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Chapter 3 is worth the entire book for beginning VBA'ers May 19 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I teach Excel and am a VBA developer. I laughed as I read chapter 3, titled "General Application Development Best Practices", because I found myself thinking, wow, if I had read this book 15 years ago I could have saved myself tons of grief! It is one of the BEST summaries of "good vba practices" that I've ever seen. For beginning developers, reading chapter 3 alone is worth the cost of the book. After developing for 15 years, I follow almost all of the practices that were covered in that chapter - and can't agree more with the importance of them. I haven't finished going through this book yet but my enthusiasm for the book wouldn't be diminished even if I hated the rest of it.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not really insightful -- disappointed Jan. 15 2011
By Charles - Published on
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I've worked with Excel VBA before and needed book to get to the next level. So I was hoping this book would help me improve on my VBA weaknesses.

Upon the first glance, the lengthy chapters and code snippets gave me the impression that I would come away with some new techniques. And after a week's time with the book, I have to say I'm fairly disappointed that I've not learned much in each chapter.

Despite it's lengthy chapters and companion CD with the examples and concepts-I was just frustrated by the lack of emphasis on what each exercise/concept's key points. For example, after reading chapter 5, I check the corresponding concept/application files in companion CD--but seriously it was not helpful. And the XLA file included there, how come it's not mentioned in the book? Why can't you provide an exercise section/appendix that ties in your concept/application files to the chapter. I felt there was no effort made here in tying the material together.

You need to relate to a novice/intermediate reader better and take them through the learning process.

I felt the authors are experienced, but their book does a poor job in translating the expertise for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get Book! April 8 2011
By Terry L. Kelly - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is the next step in Excel Development. If you have read the beginner books and are ready to go into more deeper water, then give this book a try. You will not be disappointed.

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