Most helpful positive review
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
This is an amazing book. I teach Excel, and I don't have time to Google things for hours to learn my trade. Besides the fact that this was the ONLY dedicated Excel 2010 book I could find (I didn't look too hard though), I have to say it is truly a stellar book. Well-organized, great examples, clear and clean writing style - a MUST HAVE!!!
So why only 4 stars?
Because even though the examples are terrific - they do not include a CD with the book, nor could I find the examples online. Worse, I wanted to recreate the charts in the book but most of the pictures only show the resulting charts and not the data that went into making them. Even a photo of the data sets would allow me to recreate them when I read it - and this is not a book you just are going to pick up and read out of boredom; you want to read for understanding and mastery.
I have Mr. Excel's Pivot Table and Number Crunching book; it too is absolutely fabulous but suffers the same problem. In that books's case, the exercise files are available online but they simply do not correspond to the text very well - I spent a LOT of time massaging the files until they bear a reasonable resemblance to the original, but I shouldn't have to spend hours at that.
Bill Jelen, are you listening? Your stuff is FABULOUS man, but you've got to beef up the example engine.