Absolute Beginner's Guide to VBA (Absolute Beginner's Guides (Que)) Paperback – 9 Mar 2004
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From the Back Cover
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a set of tools based on the Visual Basic language. The great thing about using it to enhance Office applications is that it's easier to learn than Visual Basic and it comes with your Office license. After reading this book, the reader will be proficient in the VBA language and will have extensive knowledge of the Office 2003 Object Model. This book will cover all features of the VBA editor and show how to program some of the more useful new features in the Office 2003 applications.
This book assumes no prior programming experience, so even programming novices can get up to speed quickly on the basics of the VBA language. It is very practical and offers the reader tested programs and projects that he or she can implement right away. This book reinforces the reader's learning by presenting useful, end-of-chapter pedagogical resources, including question-and-answer sessions and quizzes, as well as practical exercises that cement and extend the reader's knowledge. It explorers not only the object models of Word and Excel, but also other members of the Office 2003 suite, including PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.
About the Author
Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. While now primarily a writer, Paul has worked as a programmer, consultant, spreadsheet developer, and Web site developer. Paul has written more than 40 books that have sold nearly three million copies worldwide. These books include Access 2003 Forms, Reports, and Queries, Formulas and FUnctions with Microsoft Excel 2003, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows XP.
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Here is a quote from page 25: 'If you have a VBA statement that needs to call a procedure in another project, you first need to set up a reference (italics) to the project. Doing this gives you access to all the project's procedures. The following steps . . . ' There are over 300 pages in the book.
But, for anyone who is using a programing language and would like to learn VBA the book is very good. I believe that the book should be expanded in the earlier chapters to enable the learner to master recording macros before being lead into deeper waters.
The best bits?
+ I love learning by studying examples and this book has plenty, with great explainations backing them up.
+ From the 3 or 4 VBA books I now have, this book is unique in that it contains individual chapters about how to use VBA in all the office applications although not to any great detail.
Why not 5 stars?
+ Detail. This book is a great starting point for leaning VBA but no more than that.
The book gives the reader an all-round overview of VBA as a language, referring to real-world examples in the various Office applications throughout. Ultimately, the book falls down by trying to describe VBA as a language and THEN applying the language to the application. This leaves the reader for the most part with a lot of knowledge but nothing to apply it to until the individual applications are discussed. It doesn't go into a lot of detail for each application.
This book would be good for arming you with a general knowledge of VBA and how to apply it across the entire Office suite. However, if you are looking to apply VBA to a specific application, particularly Excel or Access then I think you would be disappointed by the lack of meat and would be better off to consider a book written for that application.
Between the two of them I have managed to produce a workable answer to the problem. Yes I am sure that others could have done better but I am well chuffed.
This was the easier of the two books to find the information in but I found them both useful.
Recommended if you find yourself in the same position or if you just want to review your existing experience.
A great books for beginners, and an excellent reference for others.
Don't be put off by the "Absolute Beginners's" title, it's a great book for experienced users too.
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