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  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (23 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470046430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470046432
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Get ready to take your Excel applications to the next level by harnessing the power of the VBA language. This comprehensive resource will help you gain more control over your spreadsheets by using VBA while also showing you how to develop more dynamic Excel applications for other users. From introductory concepts to advanced developer topics, it guides you through every aspect of Excel 2007, including the Ribbon and the XML file formats.

In order to master all of the new features of this program, you′ll find an introduction to VBA and details on how to use it to enhance Excel. You′ll then learn how to work with the key objects and uncover the best ways to gain access to workbooks, worksheets, charts, and more. And you′ll find out how to write code for international compatibility, program the Visual Basic Editor, and use the functions in the Win32 API, which will expand your Excel VBA programming skills.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to write code that is readable, easy to maintain, and runs at maximum speed
  • Tips for utilizing the Visual Basic® Editor and its multitude of tools

  • Techniques for accessing data in a range of formats

  • Ways to set up your applications and convert them to add–ins

  • How to manipulate the Office XML file formats

  • A thorough explanation of RibbonX

  • Best practices for managing external data and using OLAP data sources

  • Methods for effectively debugging your application

  • Tips for packaging and distributing customized applications to other users

Who is this book for?

This book is for Excel users and programmers from beginning to advanced. You should have a reasonable working knowledge of Excel and a full installation of the software.

Wrox Programmer′s References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.

About the Author

John Green lives and works in Sydney, Australia, as an independent computer consultant, specializing in Excel and Access. He has 35 years of computing experience, a Chemical Engineering degree, and an MBA.
He wrote his first programs in FORTRAN, took a part in the evolution of specialized planning languages on mainframes and, in the early ‘80s, became interested in spreadsheet systems, including 1–2–3 and Excel.
John established his company, Execuplan Consulting, in 1980, specializing in developing computerbased planning applications and in training. He has led training seminars for software applications and operating systems both in Australia and overseas.
John has had regular columns in a number of Australian magazines and has contributed chapters to a number of books including Excel Expert Solutions and Using Visual Basic for Applications 5. He also co–authored Professional Excel Development with Stephen Bullen and Rob Bovey.
From 1995 to 2005 he was accorded the status of MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft for his contributions to the CompuServe Excel forum and MS Internet newsgroups.
John Green contributed the Introduction, Chapters 1–11, 13, 15–17, and 19 to this book.

Stephen Bullen lives in Woodford Green, London, England, with his partner Clare, daughter Becky, and their dogs, Fluffy and Charlie. He has two other daughters, Jane and Katie, from his first marriage.
A graduate of Oxford University, Stephen has an MA in Engineering, Economics, and Management, providing a unique blend of both business and technical skills. He has been providing Excel consulting and application development services since 1994, originally as an employee of Price Waterhouse Management Consultants and later as an independent consultant trading under the names of Business Modelling Solutions Limited and Office Automation Limited. Stephen now works for Barclays Capital in London, developing trading systems for complex exotic derivative products.
The Office Automation web site, www.oaltd.co.uk, provides a number of helpful and interesting utilities, examples, tips and techniques to help in your use of Excel and development of Excel applications.
As well as co–authoring previous editions of the Excel VBA Programmer’s Reference, Stephen co–authored Professional Excel Development.
In addition to his consulting and writing assignments, Stephen actively supports the Excel user community in Microsoft’s peer–to–peer support newsgroups and the Daily Dose of Excel blog. In recognition of his knowledge, skills and contributions, Microsoft has awarded him the title of Most Valuable Professional each year since 1996.
Stephen Bullen contributed Chapters 14, 18, 24–27, and Appendix B to this book.

Rob Bovey is president of Application Professionals, a software development company specializing in Microsoft Office, Visual Basic, and SQL Server applications. He brings many years’ experience creating financial, accounting, and executive information systems for corporate users to Application Professionals. You can visit the Application Professionals web site at www.appspro.com.
Rob developed several add–ins shipped by Microsoft for Microsoft Excel and co–authored the Microsoft Excel 97 Developers Kit and Professional Excel Development. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The Rochester Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). Microsoft has awarded him the title of Most Valuable Professional each year since 1995.
Rob Bovey contributed Chapters 20–22 to this book.

Michael Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) with more than 14 years’ experience consulting and developing office solutions. He parlayed his experience with VBA and VB into a successful consulting practice in the private sector, developing middleware and reporting solutions for a wide variety of industries. He currently lives in Frisco, Texas, where he serves as a Senior Program Manager for a top technology firm. Michael is the author of several books on Microsoft Access and Excel, and is the principle behind DataPig Technologies, where he shares Access and Excel knowledge with the Office community.
Michael Alexander contributed Chapters 12 and 23 and Appendices A and C to this book.


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Prior to buying this, I had two other VBA books, Walkenbach's VBA for dummies and the same authors' Professional Excel Development 2nd Edition. I highlt recommend these books, but found that there's a gap in moving from the Dummies book up to the Professional Development Text.

I bought this book to fill the gap. While it does cover some of the aspects I was looking for - ribbon X and working with texst files it's tough to work through as you need to read all pages. The effort needed to get through sometimes seems too great and I find that I revert to looking at the other two books plus google searches. Perhaps I was spoiled by getting my hands on the other texts, but by cmoparison, their layout makes life much easier.

If I was asked again as to what's the best approach, I would have gone for Walkenbach's VBA Power Programming. There's a reasonable level of overlap with the Dummies book (which is a great intro to VBA), but his style of explaining how to do things, and use of many smaller examples is a real plus point

In summary, good but can do better.
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Its hard to know where to place this book, it has pretensions of being an advanced reference book but really its best suited to the middle ground between beginner and intermediate. The main problem with it is that although its a huge book there is actually not that much in it, nearly 50% of the bulk is padded out pointlessly with the object model.. which is available from the excel help files and the MSDN anyway. The rest although good is little more than an introduction and taster of each subject.

Its hard to say who I can recommend this book too... the beginner will find the VBA introduction insufficient and the core topics such as the pivot tables, range object, worksheet and workbook objects just not covered in enough detail... the intermediate will find that the more advanced topics such as automation and connections etc really have no detail at all.

So for the beginner who has graduated from a good foundation book, such as Steven Roman's O'Reilly "Writing excel Macros", this may serve to introduce the more advanced topics and someone in that situation may find this book very illuminating without being too impenetrable... however I find I use it much less than I expect, 9 times out of 10 when I look something up it gives me the very basics but then I have to go away and look up useful detail elsewhere...
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Whilst at times it can be very long-winded there is no doubt here that the author's know their stuff. Unlike many technical books, there are many helpful examples to accompany the detail- which yes the authors do loose themselves in from time to time. Overall though an outstanding book for reference...just not one for reading front to back as it does go on! One last important point. The download files will NOT open in Excel 2010 as they are all in Excel 2007 BETA format.
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I find this book not useful compared to the Excel 2003 Power Programming with VBA by John Walkenbach which comes with a CD containing examples. As with this Excel 2007 book, I find it doesn't explain things clearly and I hardly got any useful information from it. I think even as a reference book, you would be better to buy one that comes with CD examples.
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Well reference written book with a good structure but not very useful if you are looking for a how to...
As a newcomer to VBA I haven't found this book very useful as it doesn't really help if you don't know the questions to ask and where to start.
I would say it is aimed at an intermediate/advanced programmer. I borrowed a visual quick start guide and found this much more suitable for answering my questions and guiding me through some of the steps I needed such as creating forms and a splash screen.
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I am always disapponted reading short reviews explaining nothnig. I am afraid I will follou this way too. I can only recommend it. This is the best book I have ever read dedicated to VBA. All sample code is fully commented. And there is huge amout of code in the book. It is not possible to know everything after any book you have read but after this one you get everything you need for your solo work - that means you get enough knowledge to work just with Excel/VBA Help which can provide you with all needed information.
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