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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Revised edition edition (12 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470046503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470046500
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

VBA helps you put your computer in its place

Write programs that automate tasks and make Office 2007 work better for you

If your computer is becoming your boss instead of your servant, start using VBA to tell it what to do! Here′s the latest on the VBA IDE and program containers, debugging and controlling your programs, working with multiple applications using a single program, and the most exciting stuff ― programming for all the Office 2007 applications.

Discover how to

  • Customize an application′s interface
  • Quick–launch a VBA program
  • Store and modify information
  • Use VBA with the Ribbon
  • Understand object–oriented programming
  • Avoid runtime errors

About the Author

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 71 books and over 300 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads–down programming. Some of his current books include a Windows power optimization book, a book on .NET security, and books on Amazon Web Services, Google Web Services, and eBay Web Services. His technical editing skills have helped more than 50 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has also contributed articles to magazines like DevSource, InformIT, Informant, DevX, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hardcore Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test & Performance, and Visual Basic Developer.


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This was my first introduction to VBA and I found the first reading a struggle, not becuase I am a dummy but becuase this book is not very well written. I probably retained about 10% of the information on first reading - you really have to read this book a few times and use it in conjunction with other books, Microsoft help files and internet resources. The style in which the book is written is not helpful - it contains a lot of examples which are only useful if you want to do what the author wants to do. Having said that the book is good value because it is relatively cheap and it does provide the very basics and the inspiration to carry on and learn more. Within a month of reading this book I had developed an e-mail filing program that is now in daily use in my office (even though my last experience of programing was in DOS 25 years ago). I still use the book as a reference today, a year after buying it.
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I read the existing reviews out of interest because this book has been a constant companion of mine for a couple of years. That statement alone must tell you that I still get some use from this book even though it is not a work of reference. I then felt compelled to write this review because reading some of them, I wondered if we were referring to the same book.
I bought this book because I had stumbled around writing VBA for Access "by feel" for too long and I wanted something to fill in the gaps. Go into any bookshop or search this Amazon site and you will find little on VBA, even less now that Visual Basic is moving to .NET. Yet VBA is the underlying language for many Microsoft applications - Outlook, Office, Visio - as well as many other non Microsoft products. Steve Cummings explains why and what the standard is. It is this very diversity that makes it difficult to write any comprehensive book about VBA; explain the Outlook object model and Excel users will scream, "What about us?"
Let me continue by saying what I think this book is not. It is not a "Teach Yourself Programming" book; I would recommend that readers have some experience and/or appreciation of programming in some other environment. It is not an in-depth treatise on any of the applications that comply with the VBA (or COM) standard. How can it? Such a book would be 24 inches thick and out-of-date the moment it was published.
So what did this book do for me? It first gave me an understanding of the commonality and differences in the VBA applications family. I now like to think of VBA as the mortar that holds the different object model 'bricks' together.
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I found this book nowhere near as helpful as other Dummies books on VBA programming. If you want another good starter book, I would recommend "Access 97 Programming for Dummies", which is full of real world examples that will help you understand VBA.
The author just seemed to get too cute with the subject matter. Also, the lack of real world examples really hurts this book. You can't step into object-oriented programming when you decide to invent your own objects for everything.
The explanation of how loops work is okay and the constants information is not bad. Overall, however, get a real technical book and try to learn it that way. It will be harder, but you will be better for it.
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This is probably one of the worst books I have read dealing with this subject. For a start is no use giving a beginner a little bit of code and saying it fits into a bigger lot of code eg. lots of code starts with ... then some code ending with ... what is a beginner supposed to do with that. The part chapter on passing values to sub routines was bad. I paid AUS$69.95 and feel I wasted my money. I should have returned the book and got my money back.
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I was not impressed by the book.....too much waffle about VBA theory and not enough firm, practical examples. Half way through the book and I hadn't programmed a thing!!! Also, stupid gags are made at the expense of explaining basics. I think the theory of VBA would work better if there were some practical examples to apply it too. I'd look for another book before considering this one.
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The book explains a lot of stuff pretty well, however you still don't really know how to do stuff. It's a bit too general. You get most of the basic stuff that you really need to know, but not much of the real practical stuff.
The chapters I needed the most were only on the CD, in poorly converted PDF files.
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This book is absolutley appalling. The examples are unclear, it jumps around without telling you what to do, the language is EXTREMELY dry for a "For Dummies" book. There are "mistakes" in the code where it has wrapped to the next line so if you tpye what you see you get an error. As a somewhat experienced programmer I felt lost reading this book...if I don't get it at a glance I'm not sure how a novice is supposed to...so bad. Oh and it rambles on and on without really saying anything, I am on page 129 and I have had no hard facts or decent explanations of anything so far...could have condensed this into 5 pages.
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