Excel VBA Programming For Dummies Paperback – May 24 2010
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From the Back Cover
Accelerate into the Excel fast lane and zip through spreadsheet customizations
Are you ready to make Excel jump through hoops? Do your spreadsheets work exactly the way you want? With this book, you can say "yes"! Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to significantly enhance the power of Excel using the VBA language. You'll soon be building your own Excel applications so you can get the most out of your data.
Dive into VBA — see how VBA is implemented in Excel, apply advanced techniques, and use VBA with other Office applications
Get into it — explore programming concepts from range objects and worksheet functions to events and error-handling
Communication is key — learn how to build dialog boxes that look like they came straight from Microsoft's software lab
Safety first — use Excel macros to make your spreadsheets more secure and lock out viruses
Make it your own — develop custom worksheet functions, create add-ins, design user-oriented applications, and boost your career options
Visit the companion Web site at http://www.dummies.com/go/excelvbaprogrammingfd2e, where you can download the sample files featured in the book and view bonus chapters
Open the book and find:
How to work in the Visual Basic Editor
Tips for error-handling and bug extermination
Ways to build automatic procedures and events
How to use the Excel macro recorder
UserForm techniques and tricks
Instructions for designing VBA macros
Steps for accessing your macros through the user interface
Secrets for creating Excel add-ins
Use the essential tools and operations for VBA
Work with range objects and control program flow
Handle errors and eliminate bugs in your code
Develop custom user interfaces for your applications, including dialog boxes
About the Author
John Walkenbach is principal of J-Walk and Associates, Inc., a leading authority on spreadsheet software and creator of the award-winning Power Utility Pak. Walkenbach has written more than 50 books and 300 articles for publications including PC World, InfoWorld, and Windows.
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A must for anyone who is not an experienced software junkie.
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Starting around Chap 7, Mr. Walkenbach starts giving a lot of examples of code that is setting dimensions; static counters, offsets; cells vs ranges, etc, but he doesn't complete those examples with the actually code that would run some macro after the previously defined dimensions. I would prefer to see how each actually work; thus I need an example of some code in each case so I can type it and run it. Maybe in some following chapters, he get to it, but by then I will have to go back and review.
Guess this is why this is a book for "Dummies"--looks like I qualify. LOL All in all, I'm getting along well. And occasionally, he throws something funny in--which gives me major amusement considering how intense all of this language is for non-computer programming techie like me.
I recommend this book as a good starting place for someone like me who has some experience using the Macro Record tool in Excel.
Another reason is that the author's conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and helps relieve some of the boringness of learning VBA programming concepts.
Lastly, based on my experience and other reviews that I've read, the author is very helpful and quick to answer questions. I had a question about one of the examples in the book and it took him all of 11 minutes to reply to my e-mail with a helpful response.
I would suggest this for anyone who is excel savvy and wants to learn the basics of Visual Basic. I have enrolled in a Visual Basic programming class, since reading this book, and it has given me a good foundation for understanding this Windows based programming language.
That being said, this book is purely for introductory purposes. Assuming you know how to work with Excel, this book will greatly help you get a start on VBA for Excel. This book doesn't cover the kind of topics you would find in the Power Programming in Excel VBA book, but it covers really basic topics for a beginner.
If you're a beginner to Excel VBA, I would highly recommend this book as a starting point for learning to master it.
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