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Introduction to VBA for Excel (2nd Edition) Paperback – July 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0132396677 ISBN-10: 013239667X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (July 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013239667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132396677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn to program and design user interfaces using Excel 2007.

This introductory text explains how to develop programs using VBA within the Microsoft Excel environment. The text does not assume any previous programming experience. The new edition has been revised to bring it up-to-date with the Office 2007 environment.

MARKET: For students and professionals in General Engineering or Computer Science fields.

About the Author

Steven C. Chapra presently holds the Louis Berger Chair for Computing and Engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Tufts University. Dr. Chapra received engineering degrees from Manhattan College and the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he taught at Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado, and Imperial College, London. His research interests focus on surface water-quality modeling and advanced computer applications in environmental engineering. He has published over 50 refereed journal articles, 20 software packages and 6 books. He has received a number of awards including the 1987 ASEE Merriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award, the 1993 Rudolph Hering Medal, and teaching awards from Texas A&M, the University of Colorado, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.


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Unless you like having a book in your hands, then naturally buy the book.
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The author explains everything thoroughly in a step by step manner, in examples, and in a very easy language.
Aly M. Tawfik
I like this book because this has taught me the language of VBA for excel.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aly M. Tawfik on October 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about VBA under Excel. The book is very easy to follow. The author explains everything thoroughly in a step by step manner, in examples, and in a very easy language. The book does not need any solid programming background. I believe that any reader with little programming background would find the book to be very useful. Although the book is designed for novices, I believe it covers enough topics to cover anyone's basic needs. On the other hand, I would not suggest the book for anyone familiar with VBA under Excel and seeks to gain proficiency. The book is designed for novices. Finally, I believe that the only book aspect that requires improvement is the post-chapter exercises. I think the exercises are few in number, poor in quality, and need further development.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anna Barendt on June 26, 2011
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Let me say, through free online tutorials I learned to make wonderful spreadsheets in Excel and utilize lots of cool shortcuts, etc., but just looking through this book and seeing all the other stuff I could learn to do in Excel made my little nerdy heart go pitter-patter. I also have VBA for Engineers, and my daughter, who is studying Environmental Engineering, is eyeing both my books . . . I would recommend this book.

Update: My daughter has since graduated from college as an engineer and is working in an environmental engineering firm. She has taken both my VBA books to help her write complex code that links with Surfer to create plume maps. (that's okay, I don't understand all that I just wrote either.) The take away is that this book is still relevant and helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ulrich on September 28, 2011
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I'm a prof in Chemical Engineering and our department has decided to teach Excel VBA programming to our incoming freshmen. We're assuming that they have never programmed before. I looked at all the potential texts that I could find for this and this was the clear winner.

It starts assuming zero knowledge of what a program even is. This is characteristic of Chapra's books and I find it to be useful in teaching. Some might think the start is too simplistic but I believe it's appropriate and I tend to move on pretty quickly.

It's clearly written, concise, and has lots of examples and problems. It's not especially deep; as a teaching text I think you'll get through it long before the semester is over. I've found no significant errors and it works fine with Excel 2010.

If I might wax political, I'm not sure Excel VBA is the best language to start freshman off with if they have never programmed before. But, if you do, you should consider this text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jc on December 4, 2012
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Overall this is a really well written book for computer language. I've read others that just don't make sense. Chapra is a good author and helped me understand a few components of my VBA class. I'll admit that I didn't use the book very much. It was more of an extra supplement to the class. My best resource was naturally the internet. I used lots of forums and websites. And believe me, there are a lot out there.

It's a good buy, although for almost any class that wants to teach VBA, you may just want to find a good online resource and use it. Unless you like having a book in your hands, then naturally buy the book.

In any case, it an overall good buy and I hope to sell it back after I'm done with it this year.
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This book is exactly what I was looking for. The author knows how to instruct. Some books claim to be "how to" but are mostly a catalog of what the software can do with not enough regard to step-by-step instruction. If you are a beginner in VBA for Excel, you would be hard pressed to do better than this book.
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By David Leavitt on September 19, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book! It was exactly as advertised and I received so much useful knowledge. I would definitely recommend this book to somebody else.
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