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  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Har/Cdr edition (26 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470024690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470024690
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,491,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Programming Excel add–ins using the C API can be complex and difficult. Steve has done a masterful job of demystifying the process. After reading this book you′ll be creating XLLs for all purposes with complete confidence. Highly recommended."––Rob Bovey, MCSE, MCSD, Excel MVP, President, Application Professionals

"This book is for anyone who wants to do any application development in Excel. Even for an old hand at Excel development such as myself, a brief skim through reveals valuable nuggets of information. Delving deeper into the text, richer veins are easily found. This book is destined to become an essential reference on Excel development."––Dr. Les Clewlow, Principal, Lacima Group Ltd.

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Excel Add–in Development in C/C++: Applications in Finance is a must–buy book for any serious Excel developer. Excel is the industry standard for financial modelling, providing a number of ways for users to extend the functionality of their own add–ins, including VB. C/C++. This is the only complete how–to guide and reference book for the creation of high performance add–ins for Excel in C and C++ for users in the finance industry. Steve Dalton explains how to apply Excel add–ins to financial applications with many examples given throughout the book. It also covers the relative strengths and weaknesses of developing add–ins for Excel in VB versus C/C++, and provides comprehensive code, workbooks and example projects on the accompanying CD–ROM. Excel Add–in Development in C/C++ features:
  • Extensive example codes in VB, C and C++, explaining all the ways in which a developer can achieve their objectives.
  • Example projects that demonstrate, from start to finish, the potential of Excel when powerful add–ins can be easily developed.
  • Develops the readers understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses of developing add–ins for Excel in VB versus C/C++.
  • A CD–ROM with several thousand lines of example code, numerous workbooks, and a number of complete example projects.

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To distinguish between the text of the book, Visual Basic code, C/C++ code, and Excel worksheet functions, formulae and cell references, the following fonts are used throughout: Excel functions and formulae Arial Windows application menus and control button text Arial Visual Basic code Lucida Console C/C++ code Courier Directory paths, file names and file masks Courier Passages of source code appear as boxed text in the appropriate font. Read the first page
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Johnson on 5 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to anyone needing to extend Excel and for whom VBA is insufficient. The subject is comprehensively covered and properly explained so that you can implement code for yourself in confidence, knowing that all aspects and issues are covered.

I have been very pleased to find that extending Excel using the C API is very practical, but that is largely only because this book draws together all information needed - it's difficult and time-consuming to find all of this information elsewhere.

The reason I didn't award 5 stars is that the code examples on the CD don't compile without errors (at least in VS 8).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Making Excell do what it Doesn't Want to Do 24 Feb. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is written for people who have the need to make Excel do things it doesn't really want to do, or do them faster, more cleanly, more flexibly. It presumes a reasonable grasp of basic software development concepts. A solid C and/or C++ foundation skill, a good working knowledge of Excel, and at least some experience with VBA is needed.

The basic applications given in the book center around financial modelling but this represents a rather small part of the book. The concepts and techniques described in most of the book are about working to enhance and extend Excell functionality. These techniques would be aplicable to quite a number of application areas even including real time data capture and analysis.

Building add-ins for Excel is an area that has not been covered very well in the literature. This book is a coherent explanation of the relevant technoloby, what steps to follow, what pitfalls to avoid, and a good reference guide.

The CD-ROM includes several thousand lines of example code, numerous workbooks, and a number of complete example projects.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very useful 9 Jun. 2005
By bookreader99 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It may be true that a lot, defintely not all, of the information can be found in various places on the internet, but the sources are all over the place, incomplete and often refer to older technologies. The book contains much more than just the bland facts from various sources. For a start, the fact that all of this information is in one reference is extremely valuable. (I bought hardcopy, which I much prefer for reference and reading). The book is full of practical help and notes so that you don't have to find out the hard way where the undocumented problems are. There are worked sections on name handling and multi-threading. There are well-presented discussions about memory management, data types and handling large data structures. I work in finance but still think that I would have found this book useful even if I was working in another industry where high-speed number crunching is important. I was able to write xll add-ins after a weekend when it would have taken perhaps months otherwise.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
ONLY book detailed on the Excel C API 2 Feb. 2006
By ET - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the ONLY book that is written exclusively for the Excel C API. It is well written but the reader needs to have basic C knowledge first. Development of XLLs in C++ is a topic not well documented in litertaure except for the MSDN website which has an archived section on the Excel 97 SDK. In any case, the CD code that comes with the book helps a lot. For a quick start to build your own programs you may use some interface classes and headers from the CD.

Several quants purchase a separate software XLL+ for developing the Excel XLLs, but even the software is a series of headers and cpp files made easy. And when it comes to more complicated development like dialog or menus, the book is a useful reference.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not enough 8 Jun. 2005
By S. Chandramouli - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this in e-book format (it costs twice as much for some reason) and I did not get any of the code that comes on the CD with the hardcover.
I had written a scathing review of this book after reading the first four chapters which is simply VC++ documentation. Chapters 5-9 are a little more helpful though parts of it are also available free. Yet, I don't believe there is enough new material in here.
0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Not received the product 12 Mar. 2007
By T. Krishnan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have not even received the product yet. How am I to write a review!
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