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Integrating Excel and Access by [Schmalz, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael Schmalz works in financial services and performs business and technology consulting in a variety of industries. He has done technical editing for O'Reilly on several Microsoft Office books and authored "Integrating Excel and Access" and "C# Database Basics". Michael has a degree in Finance from Penn State. He lives with his wife and children in Pennsylvania.


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  • File Size: 3494 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2TK
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The book does a pretty good job covering the various techniques of data exchange between two applications. Usually in an Access-only or Excel-only reference, there would be a chapter spent on this topic max. However, one of my surprises after spending some time with the book is how often VBA is used in example after example. I think a more appropriate title or at least subtitle would have VBA in it. That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

I think you have to be at least an intermediate level user with both Excel and Access to even understand why you'd want to use these two applications together, and I think at least an intermediate comfortability with VBA is warranted. One of the first VBA examples of the book is where the author creates a reusable module for creating an ADO connection... great example, it sets a tone for the reader's comfortability with VBA.

The author also includes some examples of using Excel/Access data with other applications, including Word, SQL Server, and MapPoint (which might be a bit of a stretch).

Overall, it's a good book because it forays into a topic with very minimal coverage and succeeds by providing solid examples across a wide range of situations. You'd be hard pressed to use every chapter in the book due to the wide coverage, but I certainly had no problems diving into a chapter and immediately finding applicability to my related business problems.
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This book contains a hodgepodge of topics loosely fitting in with Access and Excel. Unfortunately, the title is misleading. You would expect an entire book on automating data movement between Excel and Access (BOTH from AND to), but you don't entirely get that. The XML stuff and integration with other applications is interesting but not necessarily relevant. There's also a great discussion of Excel's R1C1 (relative address) and A1 (absolute address) style notation.

Let's go through the chapters:

1. Intro

2. Using Excel's Uset Interface

3. Data Access from Excel VBA (using Excel to pull data in)

4. Integration from the Access Interface which covers exporting data to Excel.

5. Using Access VBA to Automate Excel (about pushing/exporting a spreadsheet from Access to an Excel window using Access VBA)

6. Using Excel Charts and Pivot Tables with Access Data

7. Leveraging SQL Server Data with Microsoft Office... part of this talks about how Excel can AVOID Access (the opposite of what the book is supposed to be about!)

8. Advanced Excel Reporting Techinques... bad title, good topic. This is about using Access VBA to create reports in an Excel spreadsheet.

9. Using Access and Excel Data in Other Applications (OTHER??? applications. Now we are looking at OTHER applications like Word, Powerpoint, and MapPoint. Interesting, but way off topic.)

10. Creating Form Functinality in Excel (another chapter about Excel, not integration)

11. Builing Graphical User Interfaces (an unnecessary Access tutorial)

12. Tackling an Integration Project (general discussion)

Then there's an appendix about Excel('s) Object Model and VBA Basics.
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I have spent the past ten years making my living developing integrated & automated financial systems using Excel, Access, and VBA for accounting and finance departments. That said, I literally have dozens of Excel, Access, and VBA books on my bookshelf. This is the only book that I have ever seen that integrates Excel and Access. It of course uses VBA to accomplish much of this.

Why it has taken so long for someone to put the pieces together in one book I am not sure. What I am sure of is how useful this book is. If you use Excel and Access this book is a must. This should be your primary reference for integrating and automating Excel and Access. You will learn better ways to do what you are already doing. You will also learn ways to do things that you never knew were possible. As a result, your applications will be more efficient, more powerful, more accurate, more reliable, and finally, you will be a better programmer/developer.

My work as a consultant puts me in a position to help others learn new ways to use Excel, Access, and VBA on a daily basis. When I show users what is possible, things that are covered in this book, they are not only impressed, they are amazed. They now do things that they never dreamed possible.

Integrating the two object models using VBA allows you to fully automate your applications/models. You can now do it minutes, if not seconds, what used to take you hours or days. You remove the possibility of the user making errors because the user is no longer manually manipulating the data (copying, pasting, etc.) You are not changing formulas, expressions, or criteria. You are allowing the computer to do all of that for you. This book, combined with advanced VBA makes true automation possible.
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I'd actually rate this 3.75 *'s, but that's not available. I find this excellent in the material it does cover, namely "controlling," if you will, Access from Excel. There simply are an insufficient number of books and documents covering the details of Microsoft automation, which was supposed to be one of hallmarks of using MS Office. However, I found nothing in the text going the other way - controlling Excel from Access. This is an inexcusable ommission, in my opinion. The book should be retitled so it's true content is clear.
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