Dashboards for Excel 1st ed. Edition
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“This book’s index is detailed. … this is a very useful, detailed, and informative book that will be of great use to the intended audience.” (David Bellin, Computing Reviews, April, 2016)
“The book is not only a step-by-step introduction on how to make a dashboard that would impress our colleagues and management. It goes one level further – what should we get into a good data visualization, best practises and pitfalls for it. … the book is really useful – if you are an Excel dashboard developer you would benefit from it!” (Vitosh Academy, vitoshacademy.com, March, 2016)
From the Back Cover
In this book, you learn how to:
- Apply data visualization principles for more effective dashboards
- Employ dynamic charts and tables to create dashboards that are constantly up-to-date and providing fresh information
- Use understated yet powerful formulas for Excel development
- Apply advanced Excel techniques mixing formulas and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create interactive dashboards
- Create dynamic systems for decision support in your organization
- Avoid common problems in Excel development and dashboard creation
- Get started with the Excel data model, PowerPivot, and Power Query
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The cons: 1, A dashboard book with no color?? This was a disappointment, considering that color is an integral part of many dashboards in how they convey information. 2, The typos and grammar mistakes. Not a big deal to many people, but it just catches my eye whenever I run across them and it detracts from the material. It makes it feel like they were so rushed to get the book out that they couldn't bother with proof-reading.
Overall, a decent addition to my Excel library, will be used for occasional reference.
This book offers extensive advise - some of which contrary to mainstream best practices - of how to use Excel. This is a good bridge between Walkenbach and Stephen/Bullen/Bovey.
I will disclaim some of the other reviews I noticed. First, the color complaint is a non-issue. Every graphics card, operating system, and whatever other variables will render the colors their certain way. There is no point of printing the colors - that's just a waste of money. If you are arguing for the color delivery of the particular print copy of this book, you obviously missed the point.
That said, I will say that I downloaded the examples listed in this book, and there are errors all over the place where the code breaks, does not calculate correctly, or all over the place in its entirety. There have been numerous examples, which I downloaded from the suggested page, where the code simply breaks or does not work without significant modification. Really, my 3-star rating has to do with the low level of effort that was put into creating these examples, and testing them in a sufficient fashion..
The author makes a big stink about current "best practices" on how to create code. But when it comes to actually creating code, best I can say is the author should have used some of those best practices. Big fail on publishing error-prone code, while advocating fewer checks of errors.
Top international reviews
No colour on any of the charts, and poor examples made this book on of the worst I have ever purchased, really disappointed
So one third of this book has been published before, letter by letter. The quality of the new stuff doesn't reach the one of the old, mainly it's to fill a lot of pages.
I rate the item low because the corner of the book was damaged and I like my books in perfect condition. especially when they are this expensive.