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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 – 6 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (6 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321508793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321508799
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“As Excel applications become more complex and the Windows development platform more powerful, Excel developers need books like this to help them evolve their solutions to the next level of sophistication. Professional Excel Development is a book for developers who want to build powerful, state-of-the-art Excel applications using the latest Microsoft technologies.”

–Gabhan Berry, Program Manager, Excel Programmability, Microsoft

 

“The first edition of Professional Excel Development is my most-consulted and most-recommended book on Office development. The second edition expands both the depth and range. It shines because it takes every issue one step further than you expect. The book relies on the authors’ current, real-world experience to cover not only how a feature works, but also the practical implications of using it in professional work.”

–Shauna Kelly, Director, Thendara Green

 

“This book illustrates techniques that will result in well-designed, robust, and maintainable Excel-based applications. The authors’ advice comes from decades of solid experience of designing and building applications. The practicality of the methods is well illustrated by the example timesheet application that is developed step-by-step through the book. Every serious Excel developer should read this and learn from it. I did.”

Bill Manville, Application Developer, Bill Manville Associates

 

The Start-to-Finish Guide to Building State-of-the-Art Solutions with Excel 2007

 

In this book, four world-class Microsoft® Excel developers offer start-to-finish guidance for building powerful, robust, and secure applications with Excel. The authors―three of whom have been honored by Microsoft as Excel Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs)―show how to consistently make the right design decisions and make the most of Excel’s most powerful new features. Using their techniques,you can reduce development costs, time to market, and hassle―and build more effective, successful solutions.

 

Fully updated for Excel 2007, this book starts where other books on Excel programming leave off. Through a hands-on case study project, you’ll discover best practices for planning, architecting, and building Excel applications that are robust, secure, easy to maintain, and highly usable. If you’re a working developer, no other book on Excel programming offers you this much depth, insight, or value.

 

•    Design worksheets that will be more useful and reliable

•    Leverage built-in and application-specific add-ins

•    Construct applications that behave like independent Windows programs

•    Make the most of the new Ribbon user interface

•    Create cross-version applications that work with legacy versions of Excel

•    Utilize XML within Excel applications

•    Understand and use Windows API calls

•    Master VBA error handling, debugging, and performance optimization

•    Develop applications based on data stored in Access, SQL Server, and other databases

•    Build powerful visualization solutions with Excel charting engine

•    Learn how to work with VB.NET and leverage its IDE

•    Automate Microsoft Excel with VB.NET

•    Create managed COM add-ins for Microsoft Excel with VB.NET

•    Develop Excel solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO)

•    Integrate Excel with Web Services

•    Deploy applications more securely and efficiently

About the Author

Rob Bovey, President of Application Professionals, has developed several Excel add-ins shipped by Microsoft. He coauthored the Microsoft Excel 97 Developers Kit and Excel 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference.

Dennis Wallentin has developed Excel solutions since the 1980s through his firm, XL-Dennis, based in Östersund, Sweden.

Stephen Bullen, coauthor of The Excel 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference, owns Office Automation, Ltd., based in Essex, Ireland.

John Green owns Execuplan Consulting, a Sydney, Australia-based consultancy specializing in Excel and Access development.

Bovey, Bullen, and Green hold Microsoft’s prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) honor.

 


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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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If you want to put together actually useful Excel spreadsheets or (I shudder to use the term) 'solutions', this is the book you need.

Not a book for beginners. You need an agile mind to get the point of what this book is about. Whilst this book takes you through the 'how' of things, there's also plenty of 'why' things are done a certain way. This is a book that teaches you how to think better.
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This is brilliant but aimed at a high level of user. I already had a good though rusty knowledge of Excel to VBA level and using this book has got me back to a professional level. However it's definitely not for beginners or even those with a good knowledge of spreadsheets unless you have experience of programming.
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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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I've been working with Excel since 1986 and developing in it since the 90s, so naturally a great deal in this book was already familiar. But there was more than enough that I didn't know to make it worth the price.
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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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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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