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Word 2000 VBA Programmers Reference Paperback – April, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer's Reference
  • Paperback: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; illustrated edition edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861002556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861002556
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,339,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents a full reference to the Word object model - which is essentially the object-oriented system of organizing the functional capacities that make up the Word program. There will be a short introduction to VBA itself, and the rest of the book will document aspects of programming Word through that object model.

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Duncan Mackenzie has authored several books, and is also a freelance consultant for Office automation.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is curious because it's too simple for an experienced programmer and it makes too many assumptions for a beginner. For those in between there are a few things worth looking at in the book, but by and large it's a waste of money. There's almost 300 pages of material that comes packaged with VBA--it's the entire Word object model, accessible through the Object Browser. Why did Mackenzie include this? Perhaps because a 270 book on Word VBA doesn't look nearly as impressive as a 600 page book on VBA.
A better reference for Word development is Guy Hart-Davis' "Word 2000 Developer's Handbook," which is not a stellar book but is MUCH better than Makenzie's. For general VBA development, Ken Getz' "VBA Developer's Handbook" is a good resource, though it's really just a bank of ready-made functions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Frank on May 26, 2000
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This book didn't go into nearly the depth for Word that I needed. The first 4 chapters (~100 pages) were too basic - covering VBA fundamentals (not Word 2000 specific). Chapter 8 & 9 discussed linking to databases which was a useful but any inter-Office programmng book would do better. The last 250 pages is strictly a listing of the object models for Word and ADO (with very little elaboration).
It contains very few programming tricks; a few programming practice recommendations; medium amount of simple examples; no troubleshooting or common mistakes section.
This book is OK for someone that doesn't like to use the object browser & help file because it doesn't give you much more than that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bartosz Marcinkowski on April 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book very usefull for writing a parser of a Microsoft Word Document. It included references to all the objects that Word Library has availible. I recomend it as a reference. I wouldn't recomand it for somebody who is new to programming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Mow on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I like this book, but it shouldn't pretend to be one designed for experienced VB programmers. The early chapters look like they are taken straight out of an "Introduction to Visual Basic 6" type book. The back half of the book is a listing of the Word Object model. The best parts are in the middle which show how use Word with an Access database among other things. There's no examples of using Word with a SQL 7.0 database (focus is on Access). The book needs to talk about the pros and cons of placing code in a Word template instead of a separate VB project.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sasi San on August 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
For the first time I am disappointed in a WROX programming book.
The book description states it is for the "experienced developer." Which I could live with but why take 4 chapters to cover the programming fundamentals and only 1 chapter for Word fundamentals. The book was confusing in it's description of the template hierarchy; it didn't cover the ThisDocument property at all; blew through the confusing VB Editor manipulation; and then printed the Object Model in GREAT detail. Why wouldn't I just press F1 and get the context sensitive help or use the Object Browser.
I don't need a printout of the Object Model, I need to know the techniques for effectively creating Word Solutions.
Pick your audience -- is this book for VB Programmers who typically need to know the tricks of Word objects or is this for Word users who need to know how to program. If the books aim was to satisfy both it fell way short because for me it did neither.
By the way -- 10 of 14 VB6 books on my shelf are by WROX, I truly do love the books they publish which is why I was deeply disappointed when I received this book.
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