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Excel 2000 VBA: Programmers Reference Paperback – Jun 12 1999

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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (June 12 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764544012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764544019
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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Wrox's growing reputation for putting out well-organised, detail-rich books for programmers gets a boost from Excel 2000 VBA Programmer's Reference. This book--a tutorial as well as a reference--holds a wealth of chewy facts that Excel developers will find very valuable.

The tutorial, accounting for half of the book, covers the various mechanisms available for referring to particular files, sheets, cells and ranges of cells. It also addresses the graphical representation of data--particularly in charts--and explains the most important aspects of controls and the events they generate. Green--unlike many VBA authors--covers internationalisation issues in considerable depth. This is the best VBA book on the market for those planning to write programs for a multilingual usage of Excel. There is also a VBA primer that covers critical VBA syntax and the essentials of object-orientation as it applies to the Excel environment.

The two reference sections--one for Excel's VBA objects and one for the VBA Extensibility (VBE) environment--make up the last half of Excel 2000 VBA Programmer's Reference. The references are comprehensive, but they're organised in a strange way--they list properties, methods and events with their names, return data types and descriptions in columns. This would be okay, but when an object's list of members extends over several pages it's impossible to be immediately sure of which object the list refers to. The object name ought to appear on each page. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is for the Excel developer or user who already has a knowledge of spreadsheets, and the basic objects of an Excel spreadsheet, and now wants a solid and detailed reference to the main object models present in the Excel structure with examples of how to use these models. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By far my favorite programming book, and here's my explanation:
I'm not sure if some of the people reviewing this book were supposed to be reading John Green's "Excel 2000 VBA : Programmers Reference" in the first place. If you have never used Excel, or never written your own script or program before, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. This book was written for those who are either knowledgeable in Excel, wishing to learn programming, or vice versa, and its BY FAR THE BEST way to get there.
To give this book anything less than four stars (and I personally give it five) shows a complete lack of basic Excel and/or programming comprehension.
Excel 2000 VBA: Programmer's Reference starts with the basic concepts of functions (Subs), variables, loops, if statements, etc. But just like any other book from any other programming languange, don't expect to be fluent after reading the first 2 chapters.
Take time each day to read as much as you can, and run the examples in the VB editor. I have done 90% of the examples in the book, adapting many of them for my own use. Studying this text cover to cover is the best way to read it, as it is structured much like any college math course, where each chapter builds upon the chapter that precedes it. So avoid reading this book like an encyclopædia, as it will leave holes in your knowledge of the Excel Object Model.
The in-depth explanations of advanced concepts such as dynamic arrays, object referencing, names, API calls, and many more untapped resources of Excel are what make this book head and shoulders above the rest.
The index can be problematic for those not experienced in Object-Oriented programming, as it is organized by object types, and not alphabetically by each object.
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This is obviously a WROX attempt at creating an O'Reilly "Nutshell" book and I think they did a great job, sans the index which is totally awful. NOTE: While I don't have it, the index for the comparable WROX book for Excel XP/2002 looked 200% better. Nonetheless it is what it is, a REFERENCE book with the bonus that you don't normally see in O'Reilly books, of an in-depth explanation of some of Excel's object models in the earlier chapters. The chapters on the Range object model are worth the cost alone!
I had VBA experience with Access but very little with Excel. Within 1 month of utilizing this book, I was able to to show my employer that I deserved the new consultation job at a major pharmaceutical company and got it.
While the index is very poor, this is an excellent REFERENCE book, even for beginners and those working with Excel 97. Most of what is in the book applies to '97 as well. The price, like most WROX books, is also very reasonable, especially for the content. You will need an Internet Service Provider to download the code examples in the earlier parts of the book though, another reason it only gets 4 stars. I don't agree, especially since anyone can buy a burnable CD for less than .25 now, with the philosophy that it substantially adds to the cost. Given most book publishers inclusion of a CD, I would think WROX would augment the quality of their publications by including the CD of source code/information for a nominal increased price. The costs involved are extremely reasonable to the business standards of their industry.
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AT LAST!!!, a reliable reference BOOK. A self-taught VBA programmer, I know well the frustration of relying on Microsoft's 'help' for Visual Basic in Excel. Not knowing what to ask makes Microsoft's search engines just about useless, and the use of generic names for objects and variables in examples only adds to the confusion. Microsoft's 'on-line' manual lacks detail, adequate exemples, and is cumbersum when trying to review a previous sections.
Green's Excel 2000 VBA Programmers Reference has opened an entire new world for me as a programmer. Green approaches Excel 2000 VBA assuming the reader knows nothing. He presents one simple block of information at a time in a logical, building-block outline and avoids overwhelming the reader. His examples use actual code that when typed in, provide an instant result.
Green does a fair job in the daunting task of providing a quick reference to code through logical grouping, Table of Contents, Index, and page headings. However, to achieve the best results from Green's book, the reader must 'read' the book from start to finish otherwise, you'll be just as lost, maybe not as confused, as using Microsoft's on-line help. Green's organization is such that once finished, the reader will at least know which chapter to start looking for the right information.
I have been an avid supporter of Microsoft Office suites and firmly believe their potential goes largely untapped by businesses costing them thousands, if not millions of dollars in lost production and through the purchase of software which can be done by MS Office. Green's book allowed me to compose a script which translated data from an old database management system to a new system - a process which was quite complex in some areas.
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