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4.0 out of 5 stars Style sacrificed for substance., 29 Mar 2010
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L "justsomeguy" (LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET: The Definitive Guide to ... and VBA (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology) (Paperback)
As an accountant, I work with Excel day in and day out and unknowingly over the years have developed a fair few Excel applications. The good stuff first. This book is 100% on top of its game and there quite simply is no other book that comes even close to it in terms of technical advice and expertise. It is well laid out and the examples are invaluable. An incredible amount of work and thought has gone into producing this book.

So, to the not-so-good stuff. In a nutshell, why buy a Ferrari when a Ford will do? This book is very technical which whilst trying so hard not to, makes it more like an encyclopaedia than a guidebook. Example- a whole chapter is devoted to VBA naming convention and yes, a basic principal is that there should be consistency. However, the authors go on- for what seems like forever- explaining that 'good practice' is to precede variables with abbreviations to indicate what they relate to. Far from making the code easier to understand, I spent an age trying to get to the bottom of what the code was doing as a consequence.

More importantly, I question where the motive is in all of this? Most finance professionals (and I am not saying that I necessarily agree with this!) would rather buy a dedicated ERP or business intelligence system at this level.

The timesheet example that runs through the book is very simple in principal- I am left questioning as to why it took the authors well over 1000 pages to put bells and whistles on this when a simple spreadsheet with no VBA and little formatting would have done the same basic job. I would have much preferred to have seen many examples of different Excel applications and a discussion of their practical uses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book to take your Excel to the next level, 24 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET: The Definitive Guide to ... and VBA (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology) (Paperback)
If you have already read the usual Excel and VBA books then you should get this book. It takes you from being a good Excel developer to being a great one. The authors also have a forum that you can post to and they will get back to you, usually within 24, to help clarify your understanding of the book.

If you are serious about Excel then you must buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful, 15 Oct 2011
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Mr. Mike Atkinson "Mike" (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET: The Definitive Guide to ... and VBA (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology) (Paperback)
If you're not able to handle spreadsheets with a bit of basic VBA already - do not buy this book.

If you're serious about building professional, highly functional applications based on Excel - here is all the book you need. Outstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very extensive, 23 Feb 2014
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Atha Fokias "Athas" (Leuven) - See all my reviews
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I have had this months and barely got through 25% of the book, it is comprehensive. It would be good if you have a specific project in mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Bible for serious Excel Developers, 22 Aug 2013
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If you're new to Excel this isn't for you. If you're already a professional developer, looking to be an expert in developing Excel too, then seriously, look no further. This is the book the professionals use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great to take your excel development up 1 (or more) notch, 18 April 2011
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C. LIM "chrislim1" (london) - See all my reviews
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think you know all about excel? this gives you a new dimension on excel. it's like finding you can do even more with excel!!! easy to read and digest, but you will have be quite proficient with excel & understand vba.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best technical book on Excel/VBA you can buy., 3 May 2012
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If you are a really serious Excel/VBA developer, and you want to learn how to get the best out of Excel, you MUST buy this book.

If you only want to know how to write Excel formulas and simple macros, this is not for you. But if you want to understand how things really work or if you what to distribute your applications to a wider audience, this is the best book on the market.

These guys are at the top of their game!

If fact you should buy two copies of this edition and the previous edition. Why? Because in years to come you will only be able to buy these books second hand for hundreds of dollars.
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