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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2012
This is a good book for both the complete novice and the more experienced with VBA. Written in an almost conversational, easy, and fun to read style and with really insightful explanations (f.ex. its intro to object-oriented programming is the best I have seen in any book), it also contains lots of extremely useful examples and information. The chapter on using ADO.NET to store and retrieve data in Access while using Excel as a front-end (i.e. separating the data and the application) is particularly useful. I found that the more advanced topics in the book does require the reader to be able to fill in the gaps, which however should not be any problem if one already has some VBA experience (as I do) (or if you have worked through the entire book). This book is a gold mine both as a learning resource and reference!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2013
VBA is no picnic, and I don't think that you will ever find an "easy 10 steps tutorial". If you want to learn VBA, you must be ready to invest much time.
Often many books waste our previous time on explaining everything, 100 pages on the User Interface and all the options, then some silly examples ("Hello World") ad nauseum.
Not this one: it combines some practical examples with simple code, or some very complex code for you to use without trying to understand it. The first 3 chapters are already a gold mine, by explaining how to correct the macro recorder, how to make sure to get the full range of data, and how to select any kind of range. Those are fantastic tips, which you find nowhere else.
After that you dive in the overwhelming range of VBA features, and you can keep this book as wonderful reference.
As always the Kindle version is not the best, especially with the images made of the source code.
This book has a few defects, I have the feeling that it mixes some very complex subjects (f.i. the Events) with more simple ones (R1C1 formulas), and some paragraphs are very obscure. Just pass them and move to the next, there is enough to learn in the easy parts to keep you busy.
I have read 2 more books about VBA: one is a very simple introduction, and the other is also a very big book, which made me sleep. This one is good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
I have not read cover to cover - I use this as a reference. It is fantastic - well layed out.
This has many tips I have used already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2012
A well written book with plenty of examples. You need some Excel proficiency before hand otherwise the book is challenging. My Excel experience is intermediate and I found working with the book pretty reasonable. My inexperience is what added time to my practice sessions, the book had good examples and explained things really well.
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on 30 March 2013
As a newbie to programing I thought reading some useful correctly written vba would be helpful working from examples working from examples from this book very good content.
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on 13 October 2013
Brilliant for what I wanted the book answered all my questions and then some.
We'll laid out, nice paper too instead of the usual cheap stuff
Thank you mr Jelen.
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on 31 July 2015
Although mainly for Excel it does go into Word a little as well. Very informative and will take some time to get through.
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on 16 February 2015
Very useful, and easy to refer to.i use this when I am stuck, and to look for examples of how it should be done.
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on 28 January 2015
In my opinion it's not a book for the novice but it is great for developing your skills further.
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on 26 May 2015
excelent, not much more to be said. Bill Jelen is always instructive when 'doing' excel
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