Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321508799
ISBN-10: 0321508793
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Trade in your item
Get a $11.39
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$24.11 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$39.65 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
37 New from $38.42 26 Used from $24.11 1 Collectible from $29.99
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

$39.65 FREE Shipping. Only 20 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition)
  • +
  • Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA
  • +
  • Excel 2013 Bible
Total price: $101.07
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"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(R) 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.

 

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (May 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321508793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321508799
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Greg J. Lovern on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The back of this book says that it is "Fully updated for Excel 2007". However, I have been disappointed to find that's not true.

First, the section on Excel "dictator" apps does not go into the requirements for Excel 2007, except to mention that you'll need to look at the chapter on the ribbon. But that isn't why I'm writing this review.

I wanted to position a form next to a worksheet cell, and on pages 400-402, they say that trying to do that using the cell's Top and Left properties is "extremely difficult", and then say that "Fortunately, there is an easier workaround, which is to use the window that Excel uses for editing embedded charts."

Their workaround code uses Windows APIs. That's no problem, but it's interesting that with a solution apparently available that would probably work on both Windows and Mac (using the cell's Top and Left properties), they show only an easier solution that works only for Windows. No mention of Mac there.

Anyway, I typed in their code, and it didn't work. I carefully checked every character and didn't see any differences. On a hunch, I closed the workbook and opened it in Excel 2003. This time it worked correctly.

I had originally tried it in Excel 2010 (32-bit), and this book was published in 2009, so I tried it in Excel 2007. It still didn't work.

So I started Spy++, hoping that the special window was just renamed in Excel 2007/2010 and/or in a different place in the window hierarchy, which would be easy to work around. No such luck. Using Spy++, I found the special window in Excel 2003, and then looked for it in Excel 2007. The special window they use is not created in Excel 2007 anywhere in the window hierarchy, and in fact no additional window is created at all by those steps.
Read more ›
Comment 45 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Every once in a while a technical book comes along which strikes the perfect balance between "technical detail", "practical application", and "vision". I am, like many people who buy self-help style technical books (as opposed to full out college textbooks), a self declared power-user. Power users are folks who need to get stuff down; not much time for parsing minute details and theoretical concepts. We look for ways to make our day-to-day business tasks more automated. If you're self employed like me, you're very business existence depends on automation.

This book is special for 3 reasons:

1) Practicality of advanced topics:
As a power-user, when was the last time you found yourself seriously looking at c programming, ADO, and SQL? The authors give us real life uses for these sorts of things, in a very focused manner. You walk away with an excellent understanding of why and when to use these things (notice I didn't say thorough understanding. The authors wisely admit that's someone else job, and point you in the right direction), based on what you're trying to accomplish.

2) Relevance of good programming practices:
Most books on programming teach "good programming practice" as if you are going to be working in an enterprise environment, with a team of engineers and professors. That's fine but in reality power-users work under deadlines and completely alone. No one cares how well you comment your code. As long as the thing works, when you want it too, then you've programmed enough. The authors explain a concept called "Interfacing" in a way that makes "good programming" a very practical time investment. I know "Interfacing" is not a new concept (as none of the topics in this book are). Its all in how the authors connect the dots.
Read more ›
Comment 38 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I teach Excel and am a VBA developer. I laughed as I read chapter 3, titled "General Application Development Best Practices", because I found myself thinking, wow, if I had read this book 15 years ago I could have saved myself tons of grief! It is one of the BEST summaries of "good vba practices" that I've ever seen. For beginning developers, reading chapter 3 alone is worth the cost of the book. After developing for 15 years, I follow almost all of the practices that were covered in that chapter - and can't agree more with the importance of them. I haven't finished going through this book yet but my enthusiasm for the book wouldn't be diminished even if I hated the rest of it.
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
P.E.D. has made my Excel application feel all grown up. After reading Chapter 3 "Excel and VBA Development Best Practices" I stayed up for three nights retooling my code from top to bottom. Applied coding standards, changed big gnarled messes of variables to classes and much more. I couldn't resist it, and couldn't bear to look at my "amateur" code any longer.

Then I flipped to Chapter 15 "VBA Error Handling" and I again realized it was time for another quantum leap. I am almost done with that work, and my client has commented how my application has suddenly felt more "stable" and "mature". There are a couple of things lacking in Chapter 15 but it's still extremely useful.
' Concepts I would Like to Hear More About
1) The concept of "rethrow" error handling for functions is begun, but not followed up by any examples of good error handling for functions that need to return specific values (not error handling booleans).
2) I would also like a discussion of hybrid use of the "rethrow" and the "function return value" methods and/or a full example of a robust method that covers the details of entry points, subroutines and functions.
3) It is not clear whether or not command buttons on forms are entry points (i.e. events they trigger like "sub cmdSort_Click()"). The book states that every user-initiated action is an entry point including events, but I don't think they treated this case fully. For instance, if my form contains the buttons "Sort", "OK", and "Cancel". The book shows what to do with the cancel, but not whether the user clicking on "Sort" constitutes an entry point within an entry point and how to error-handle that.

The book will improve your skills dramatically.
It also comes with a CD containing all the code samples plus some useful tools for tidying up and managing your code.

Feel your income potential rise.

Enjoy!
2 Comments 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition)

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: advanced excel