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Using Excel Visual Basic for Applications, Special Edition Paperback – Deluxe Edition, January, 1996

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From the Publisher

Written by a former Senior Writer at Microsoft, this book shows the reader how to do everything from simple macro creation to powerful application development. Readers will be able to speed up the development process and avoid "reinventing the wheel" for common processes. - Leads the reader through the process of recording and modifying macros

- Explains how to create stand-alone Windows applications

- Perfect companion to the Visual Basic Application documentation

About the Author

Jeff Webb was a senior member of the BASIC documentation team at Microsoft. He worked on BASIC PDS, QBASIC, OLE Automation and all versions of Visual Basic. He has contributed to several computer books and help systems on topics such as Visual Basic, OLE, and programming integrated applications with Microsoft Office. Currently he runs Wombat Technology in Seattle, WA. (c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 868 pages
  • Publisher: Que Pub; 2 Sub edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078970269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789702692
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,811,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bruin on March 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I own nearly a dozen books on Visual Studio(VS), Visual Basic(VB), and Visual Basic for Applications(VBA). For the past 3 years, I have architected personal / workplace solutions, and have been mostly self-taught through books and online learning opportunities.

After finding "Using Excel Visual Basic For Applications," by Jeff Webb, it has become hands-down my primary resource. "The Excel Bible," by John Walkenbach used to be my book of choice, but where Walkenbach concentrates more on explaining Excel, Jeff Webb has developed his effort to elaborate on VBA, and is focused on object-oriented programming.

For instance, Chapter 5 of 21 includes a section on the 'Application Object.' Starting with an explanation of what is an Application Object, a chart spanning three pages, consisting of 'Properties and Methods' applicable to an Object follows. It is analogous to VB's Object Browser, since both provide the Developer a directory listing. Then Jeff Webb steps into each entry and provides explanations of what happens to the object, like VB Help, and a code snippit. For example:

[Application.]ActiveCell

Bracketed items being optional, this example would mean the snippit is merely 'ActiveCell', and can be inserted into the code of a function or subroutine ie.

Sub Subname()

ActiveCell

Exit Sub

This procedure will return the range of where the Excel cursor is, also known as the "Input Focus."

If what you have just read makes sense to you but don't understand, you could benefit from owning "Using Excel Visual Basic for Applications." If there is no comprehension, I suggest reading, 'Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Bible' by John Walkenbach from WILEY Publishing.

PS. I am not affiliated with QUE, Jeff Webb, WILEY, or John Walkenbach, and did not receive any compensation for this commentary about either book, just in case the thought occurred...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent reference book for programmers who have some basic familiarity with VBA. Webb does not drown his reader in pages of useless listings or chimpanzee instructions (Go to the Menu Bar, click File, click Open, click OK, duh) that have seemed to overtake so many other training books. Instead, he provides an intelligent tour of VBA. Might be outdated, but still worth it!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
First of all the examples are not put on a CD, nor can you download them from the publishers website. That makes it a little frustrating. Secondly, it is not very indepth. So if you just want basic explanations on VBA "stuff" then go for it, else find another book. I suppose my first tip off to not buy the book was that the author works for microsoft. Another persons comment was quite appropriate - it is a rehash of the help (and just as helpful (not)). No hard feelings Mr. Webb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Donnell on October 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ugh, I bought this book hoping it would explain some very simple operations for me. These are the types of operations that you would normally us SAS or Minitab or STATA for--but with the all the promise of Excel, I couldn't resist. What a mistake! Don't buy this book until you are sure it is what you want!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1997
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This book has two sections: An explanation of fundamentals and a programmer's reference.
I bought the book primarily due to the comprehensive reference, but after using the book to try to write VBA code, I discovered that I needed more examples to examine.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good book as programming reference, but it probably shouldn't be your first book on Excel VBA.

I think the book would have been much more useful with a companion CDROM that contained a hyperlinked programming reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By timhiggins@mail.netway.com on January 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
I wanted to update my last review of this book. Since I last wrote, I have been doing a lot more Excel VBA coding and I find I keep coming back to this book. I also bought Walkenbach's "Excel for Windows 95" and Wells/Harshbarger's "Microsoft Excel 97 Developer's Handbook" and I use this one the most. I just wish it were updated for Excel 97 since VBA has changed. I find the VBA on line help in Excel 97 less helpful than in Excel 95 and when I turn to Webb's book, I find what I need!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2001
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I have some knowledge of VB and wanted to get a look at VBA, so a friend loaned me this book. It seems to be very complete and well organized, but so far the code examples I have tried don't work. This may be because I am using Excel 2000 and the book was written in 1996. I have been able to make the code samples work by just fiddling with the code until it runs. However, this is a frustrating experience for someone who likes to learn hands on, and would probably be a disaster for a brand-new programmer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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I wish I had read the reviews here at Amazon before I went to the trouble of buying this book. It is going back.
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