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Excel Vba Programming for Dummies [Unknown Binding]

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764578529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764578526
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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John Walkenbach, principal of J-Walk and Associates Inc., is a leading authority on spreadsheet software and creator of the award-winning Power Utility Pak. He has written more than 50 books and 300 articles and reviews for publications including PC World, InfoWorld, and Windows. He also maintains the popular Spreadsheet Page at www.j-walk.com/ss, which gets thousands of visitors each month.

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VBA, which stands for Visual Basic for Applications, is a programming language developed by Microsoft - you know, the company run by the richest man in the world. Read the first page
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 3 1 Mar 2006
By A Customer
I've got Elisabeth Boonins book and Richard Shepherds book on Excel VBA. I also teach VBA. I'd say this is the best of them. It contains more information, it is easier for beginners to understand, and it has good reference information. An excellent book from absolute beginners to intermediate/advanced. Elisabeths book is also good, but it is now out of date.
I think many people rave about the VBA books, whoever wrote them, because VBA itself is very useful. However this the best book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found this really useful 1 April 2006
By Nozza
This book is really accessible, with loads of working examples. I needed to write a couple of custom functions for use in Excel 2002 spreadseets. And needed to get them working as addins. This book told me all I needed to know. A lot simpler to follow than some other books on this topic - such as one of the author's other books "Excel 2002 Power Programming with VBA".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only I had an option to give this 6 stars !! 13 Sep 2006
This book is a must have for anyone wanting to get to know VBA. Don't let previous books on VBA programming put you off, as these can either swing between patronising to the mega confusing (in my own experience). John Walkenbach takes you through this must have guide with patients and humour at an understandable and undaunting pace. Even when I was only half way through his book I was using the information I had gathered to streamline my many tedious excel spreadsheets and by the end of the book I wanted more. P.s. John, please bring part two !!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book is fantastic for those who know nothing, or next to nothing about VBA programming in Excel, and want to learn the "basics" (no pun intended!).

You can read this book from cover to cover, practising examples on the way , and learning something every chapter. The author also makes reference to an accomanying website where you can download some of the programs to see them in action.

Furthermore, the book is written in very good humour, and you can have a laugh at the same time!

It is however very much a beginner's book, and does not go into great depth with VBA - if you purchase the book with that in mind then you really are on to a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I did some Visual Basic programming a few years ago and I'm OK with Excel, so I guess things were bound to go well. They certainly did. I had time to read the book from beginning to end rather than try to extract information as reference. The light style of the book suited that, and the author made it all quite fun. I learnt all I needed and more. The particular project I needed the book for was then made easy.

My only problem was the index, it seemed that whenever I needed to find something the index didn't have an entry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for programmers who don't know Excel 17 May 2008
By Ralph Bacon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a professional programmer I wondered whether this was going to patronise me too much; I needn't have worried, Walkenbach's approach is just right.

He tells it like it is, with plenty of good examples and real world applications for those examples. I'm sure Walkenback doesn't expect this book to teach you everything about Excel and whilst using it I searched for other examples on the 'Net which reinforced what he was teaching me.

But this was the book that provided me with the central learning experience and for which I am eternally grateful. Thanks John!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent 19 Mar 2009
By Tim
I read this book when I had my first opportunity, need and time to use VBA Excel. This book was just great. I went through Chapter by Chapter taking notes and running trial VBA exercises. I regularly referred to it whilst I developed my new reporting tool. And now the reporting tool has been used for 3 months at work. I then went onto buy the Author's full programming manual.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of pages to say very little 2 Aug 2009
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This little book does what it says on the cover, provides an entry level guide to VBA for Excel for beginners but takes a lot of pages, particularly near the beginning, to say very little. The attempts at humour are also unbelievably irritating. Nevertheless, it is an invaluable entry level guide on a topic that is appalling badly written up by Microsoft and is like picking up mercury with boxing-gloves. I will be picking up this book every time I return to this slippery topic after time spent doing other things.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I expected.
Published 13 days ago by Y. Heslop
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff, index is poor.
From knowing nothing about VBA, using this book I wrote quite an extensive set of macros for a significant Excel workbook used in our laboratory. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DaveS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very-very useful
If you have a basic knowledge of excel, you can learn basic VBA programming with this book in your hand. Just go through each of the steps like the author suggests! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andras Bognar
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good book if you want to start learning VBA by yourself
However, after going through the book, i found it a lot easier to look in the internet for advice when i wanted to... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by papous
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
This book is excellently written and has given me valuable insight into VBA basics. Its very clear and concise, with little bits of humour thrown in. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Swati B
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase - must have
I think it is worth the purcahse. It is written in a friendly way without letting you get bored, and at the same time contains the codes in a sincere way. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Sometimesuser
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one for all dummiies......
This was a fine book to have having heard about it and borrowed a friends, am glad ive finally got my hands on one finally, thanks
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by Austino
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to VBA
I have been using this book a lot recently and it has given me a very good understanding of the fundamentals of this subject and many useful examples. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Mr. T. Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel VBA Programming for Dummies
This is an excellent book for beginners and explains concepts clearly and gives lots of examples. Very easy to follow.
Published on 16 May 2010 by Mr. John G. Harper
3.0 out of 5 stars Usual Dummie's approach
As with all Dummie's guides, this one makes a fair job of explaining how to use VBA for Excel. As such it's perfectly good enough for any adventurous Excel user to make some ad-hoc... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by angled engineer
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