- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735625441
- ISBN-13: 978-0735625440
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Create Dynamic Charts in Microsoft® Office Excel® 2007 1st Edition
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Reinhold Scheck is a data solutions expert. As a consultant and educator, Scheck helps organizations maximize their impact and effectiveness with Microsoft Excel. He's written four books and designed and delivered training seminars across Europe.
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I expect to use this reference a lot, since I work with spread sheets daily and my coworkers prefer to see the information presented in a more visual style.
This is a typical computer book, with many hundreds of pages and an included CD of examples and other things.
One of the other things on the CD is an explanation of the author's "rS1.method" methodology (even the name should be a clue), which is used throughout the book and is used "in all the author's books" as though it were some kind of standard. In it the author prescribes a very set methodology and structure for laying out your multi-worksheet spreadsheets, and all the examples are based on it. If you need some discipline and like methodology, you will like this.
But if you are like me, impatient for results and not willing to be bound by a rigid framework, you will not like it.
The other thing I didn't like was the author's rambling and lecturing style. It was hard to wade through a long discourse on every subject before getting to the meat. One place in the small print it mentions that this book is "somewhat unusual" and is a "translation from the German" so that might explain why this is. I have read other books (history) that are direct translations from other languages (German in particular), and also from the one foreign language that I can read directly I know that the writing style differs by country and can seem quite strange to a reader in a different country. That seems to be the case with this book so it made tough going for me.
Anyway, there is useful material here and the book has helped me some, thus a generous 3 stars, but I wouldn't have bought it if I had known then what I know now.
The book is a bit long and covers complicated processes in Excel 2007 for the average user. The material is extensive and the examples are good. The reading is a bit on the dry side at times, but Excel is not necessarily the most exciting subject for many information workers. However, if you love Excel 2007, this book provides valuable insight into complex features of the application. Various processes for dynamic content are presented in detail and push the reader to go beyond simple tasks and use the true power behind Microsoft's Excel 2007. If you need to create spreadsheets that provide dynamic content through multiple applications, this book is a winner!
As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, I look at books as resources for specific tasks. This book delivers. I would have liked to know that the presentation method is drawn out and has extensive examples. I personally like a quick reference and examples to make sure I "get it right" based on what I read. This book does the job, but it is long and some areas may not be relevant for many Excel users. The book is useful, but plan on spending some time on the material. The content is very useful and the concepts allow the user to pull the full potential out of Excel for advanced dynamic content.
I do recommend this book and think it presents some excellent content, but if you are a beginner with Excel 2007, learn more about the application before going into advanced features presented in this book. With that being said, if you are a good study and grasp content quickly, this is a great book.
I would not give this book 5 stars, but it is far from mediocre and is deserving of a high 4 star rating. I do recommend this book and, as a Microsoft Certified Trainer, think the book presents excellent content that I could use and present in a learning environment!
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